There are good reasons why certain drugs have been made illegal, but could some of these drugs have potential medicinal benefits? Cristen Conger from Stuff Mom Never Told You joins DNews to discuss how drugs like LSD and ecstasy might be able to help aid various mental and physical disorders.
LSD, Reconsidered for Therapy
“He heard about the drug trial from a friend in Switzerland and decided it was worth volunteering, even if it meant long, painful train journeys from his native Austria and the real possibility of a mental meltdown.”
Safety and Efficacy of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated With Life-threatening Diseases
“LSD is a semisynthetic compound first synthesized in 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at Sandoz laboratories in Basel.”
Hallucinogen Shows Promise In Helping Cancer Patients Cope
“Is it time to give hallucinogenic drugs for medical use another try?”
Pilot Study of Psilocybin Treatment for Anxiety in Patients With Advanced-Stage Cancer
“In recent years, there has been a growing awareness that the psychological, spiritual, and existential crises often encountered by patients with cancer and their families need to be addressed more vigorously.”
Neural correlates of the psychedelic state as determined by fMRI studies with psilocybin
“Psychedelic drugs have a long history of use in healing ceremonies, but despite renewed interest in their therapeutic potential, we continue to know very little about how they work in the brain.”
Study reveals how ecstasy acts on the brain and hints at therapeutic uses
“Brain imaging experiments have revealed for the first time how ecstasy produces feelings of euphoria in users.”
The effect of acutely administered MDMA on subjective and BOLD-fMRI responses to favourite and worst autobiographical memories
“Preliminary work has supported the potential of MDMA in psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”
The Effects of Acutely Administered 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine on Spontaneous Brain Function in Healthy Volunteers Measured with Arterial Spin Labeling and Blood Oxygen Level-Dependent Resting State Functional Connectivity
“The compound 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a potent monoamine releaser that produces an acute euphoria in most individuals.”
Ayahuasca-assisted therapy for addiction: results from a preliminary observational study in Canada
“This paper reports results from a preliminary observational study of ayahuasca-assisted treatment for problematic substance use and stress delivered in a rural First Nations community in British Columbia, Canada.”
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