In a shorthand that drives scientists mad, serotonin is often called ‘the neurotransmitter of happiness.’ This tag is especially troublesome as more and more flaws become apparent in the ‘serotonin hypothesis’ of depression – the idea that depression is caused by a serotonin deficit, which a pill (a serotonin reuptake inhibitor) could correct.1 Serotonin is a complex molecule in the brain and the periphery with a vast and intricate receptor system classified into seven ma
Lex Pelger, scientist and author, has written numerous articles about psychoactive substances and graphic novels about the endocannabinoid system. He hosts the Psychedelic Salon 2.0 and the Greener Grass podcast. He also organizes open mic storytelling events about mood-altering drugs. Pelger graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology.