- May 23, 2023
What is the most important information I should know about psychedelic drugs?
- Psychedelic drugs can cause hallucinations and other risky effects.
- Some psychedelics are being investigated for their therapeutic potential, but this research is in the early stages and these substances are not legally available outside of limited, experimental settings.
This article discusses psychedelic substances, their history, and their different types. It also covers their therapeutic potential and possible risks.
History of Psychedelic UseUse of hallucinogens goes back centuries in many cultures, and some are still used in religious ceremonies to experience spiritual or heightened states of awareness.
Hallucinogens were used in psychotherapy in the 1960s, but this was halted for mainly political reasons until quite recently.1 Psychological research has since revived the use of psychedelics in experimental psychological treatment.
Psychedelics are slowly reappearing in psychology and psychiatry as a viable way to treat anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.2 However, regulated treatments are currently experimental and not accessible to many people.
While psychedelic therapy shows promise in the treatment of a number of mental health conditions, it is important to recognize that this research is still in the early stages. Psychedelics are not available for therapeutic purposes outside of limited research settings.
If you are looking to treat symptoms of a mental health condition, be sure to talk to a doctor about other treatment options that may help, such as therapy, prescribed medication, and meditation.
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