Digital drug peddlers target teens with iDoses

Spaced-out adolescents in headphones litter YouTube, some panting and others wincing as they listen to droning, pulsating soundtracks known as iDoses.They have fallen victim to an insidious new digital drug culture that preys on vulnerable young teens with money to burn.

Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal who studies the effect of music on the brain recently told the Washington Post that there was no mechanism for binaural beats to mimic the effects of drugs.

Helane Wahbeh, an assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University, has done several studies into binaural technology, and recently told US National Public Radio there was insufficient evidence showing that it could create altered states.

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