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Researchers find medical benefits of psychedelic drugs

Psychedelic drugs have no proven medical value, and is closely associated with dance music festivals and recreation. Now researchers have found that psychedelic drugs can be beneficial for treatment of addiction and mental illnesses. It has also been found that psychedelic drugs can treat anxiety related disorders, substance abuse, depression and post-traumatic disorders.

According to a new study by the Johns Hopkins University, these drugs have a therapeutic potential. The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2015, talks about the vast potential of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) and MDMA (the active ingredient in Ecstasy), to treat several mental disorders.

The LSD has been found to trigger an “increased cognitive flexibility” that can have a positive effect on mental health, both in the mid and long run. James Rucker, honorary lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and a leading researcher of psychedelics in the United Kingdom, is of the opinion that legal restrictions should be lifted on psychedelic drugs, which could provide an effective treatment for anxiety and addictions.

Therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs

Legal restrictions made it difficult to conduct clinical trials to understand the medical use of psychedelic drugs. Some of the drugs which have proved to be medically beneficial are:

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD): LSD can significantly reduce anxiety, revealed a 40-year-old pilot study, published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease in 2014.

Even very small doses of psychedelic drug have the potential to cure anxiety. In fact, LSD also helps patients fight their fears and do away with all kinds of anxieties dwelling within their psychological conscience. If used under controlled conditions, the drugs can help a patient learn the basics of revolting all kinds of feelings that trigger anxiety, thus opening a window to an anxiety-free life.

Psilocybin (Magic mushrooms): Psilocybin can actually calm certain brain impulses. Researchers at the University of Arizona  published a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2006, which showed that when patients suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder were given psilocybin, they witnessed immediate and lasting reductions in their symptoms. Certain studies have also proved that in a controlled setting, psychedelic drugs can improve mood disorders and reduce alcohol cravings.

MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly): Therapists experimented with MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) before it was classified as a Schedule I substance and found that it significantly reduces moderate depression and anxiety. Certain researches also show that if MDMA is used along with psychotherapy, it can prove to be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychedelic drugs promote the release of hormone oxytoxin, which helps treat several anxiety disorders.

Opening new doors

Scientific inquiry and more in-depth research involving psychedelic drugs can provide new paradigms in mental health and addiction treatments, opening a new window to patients who fail to benefit from conventional procedures.

If you or your loved one is suffering from any mental illness or substance abuse, please seek medical treatment immediately. An early diagnosis can help better and long-term recovery. The 24/7 Recovery Helpline can help you find the best treatment options in your vicinity. Chat online or call at 855-441-4405 for further information.

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