New Uses of Psychedelic Substances


More and more research is showing that our total condemnation of psychedelic drugs is wrong-headed and harmful. It really comes more from our national irrational fear of pleasure that is not controlled and sold by large corporations and government than it does from any real harm. (That is not to say that there are no risks with some of these compounds, but there are also risks in hiking the Appalachian Trail or driving to work in the morning.)

Moreover, the ban on the use of psychedelic substances has made it difficult to impossible to do research. Many of these substances have proven helpful in enhancing mental and emotional health.

This report is from Medscape. Please go to the link to get the full slide-show report. Not noted are two research programs which have demonstrated the use of psylocibin mushrooms (Magic mushrooms) in the treatment of depression–without the extreme side-effects of the current drugs. Harvard and John Hopkins Medical Schools have managed to get grudging permission.

December 13, 2013

 
Slide 13.

One of the most noteworthy newer studies on the potential of psychedelics as therapy was published this year in PLoS One.[18] Researchers from Norway looked at over 21,000 adult psychedelic drug users and found no significant link between the use of LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, or peyote and risk for mental illness. In fact, use of these drugs was associated with a lower rate of psychiatric illness. This suggests that, at the very least, these drugs do not contribute to mental illness, calling into question their illegal status and providing some support for the results of earlier therapeutic trials.

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