Ecstasy and LSD as therapeutic drugs

30 Jul

Deric Bownd blogs about the possibility of using MDMA (Ecstasy) and LSD for psychotherapy.  about the possibility of using MDMA (Ecstasy) and LSD for psychotherapy. He cites research suggesting that MDMA can be effective in the treatment of PTSD and that:

“LSD and psilocybin, which bind to serotonin and other brain receptors, are being tested in studies to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, cluster headaches, and nicotine, alcohol, or cocaine addictions.”

It is good to see that after decades of hysteria, good scientific research is finally being conducted on these drugs. I agree with this editorial in Scientific American:

“If some of the obstacles to research can be overcome, it may be possible to finally detach research on psychoactive chemicals from the hyperbolic rhetoric that is a legacy of the war on drugs. Only then will it be possible to judge whether LSD, ecstasy, marijuana and other highly regulated compounds—subjected to the gauntlet of clinical testing for safety and efficacy—can actually yield effective new treatments for devastating psychiatric illnesses.”

 

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