Six Mind-Blowing Facts About Psychedelic Drugs
Critics may have overlooked incredible benefits of mind-altering drugs. Many hallucinogenic substances are currently classified as Schedule I drugs with no medical use. However, scientists have continued to study their effects and have found that many of these drugs could have incredible medicinal purposes.
Research is severely limited since scientists must work through a lot of red tape before they are legally allowed to study psychedelics. Still, they have done research that indicates a wide range of potential uses – such as treating cancer, addictions, and psychological trauma.
Scientists have discovered many incredible things about psychedelics over the years. These are just six of them.
1. LSD Can Calm Fears Of Death.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease published the first clinical study on LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) in four decades just a few months ago. The study showed that when people who are close to death use LSD, it helps calm their anxiety.
The study was sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and was carried out by Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser and his team. They study traced a dozen people with terminal illnesses as they tried LSD – the report showed that the anxiety decreased and stayed lower.
2. Psilocybin, Also Known As Magic Mushrooms, Calms Some Brain Functions.
Many people believe that psychedelics increase brain function by adding hallucinations and other additional activity. Instead, one study showed that it actually decreases activity in some areas of the brain, as researchers saw when they examined the brain scans of people under its influence. The drug seems to focus the brain’s attention, which leads to its impact on cognition.
3. Ecstasy Could Treat PTSD And Autism. It Promotes The Release Of The Hormone Oxytocin.
In the 1970s, before the drug was classified as Schedule I, scientists used MDMA to treat anxiety and depression in adults. The drug was criminalized in 1985, as its recreational use and abuse became more common in the rave scene. However, MAPS has continued to support research into the drug’s beneficial uses. A number of studies have indicated that it can be used to treat PTSD in military veterans and other people who suffer from it.
For example, Michael Mithoefer used MDMA therapy to treat chronic PTSD in one study. Another study of 15 people, in 2009, suggests that MDMA may cause the brain to release oxytocin, a hormone linked to love and compassion.
Recently, the government approved MAPS’ request to launch a study on the potential ability of MDMA to treat autistic adults who suffer from social anxiety. This study will focus on improving their quality of life by using the drug.
4. Smokers Could Quit With The Help Of Magic Mushrooms.
At the 2013 Psychedelic Science conference, Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Matthew Johnson presented the results of his study on the use of magic mushrooms to treat nicotine addiction. In the pilot study, five smokers were treated with psilocybin. All five quit smoking after the session and continued to abstain for a year following.
5. Addiction Can Be Treated With Ayahuasca.
The Banisteriopsis caapi vine can be brewed into ayahuasca, which has been used for many years in the Peruvian Amazon forest for spiritual and healing purposes. Usually, the vine is mixed with leaves that contain DMT, a psychedelic compound.
A prominent ayahuasca researcher, Gabor Mate, has shown that the drug can help people overcome complicated psychological stressors. It could help heal a wide range of conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and depression.
In June 2013, the journal Current Drug Abuse Reviews published an observational study on the safety and effectiveness of using ayahuasca to treat addiction. In the study, all participants reported a lasting positive impact. The use of alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine decreased, although marijuana and opioid use did not.
6. Taking DMT Could Simulate Death.
DMT is a naturally occurring chemical in the human body that causes people to hallucinate. Research indicates that the brain releases DMT when we are dying, and potentially during other intense experience, such as orgasm. Taking it could lead to a near-death experience.
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Written by Robert Bergman, writer for trufflemagic.com
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