Mushrooms, LSD and Ecstasy for psychotherapy

Until recently, a psychiatrist prescribing ecstasy, mescaline or mushrooms was guaranteed to lose his license to practice. But now, scientists are beginning to wonder if such illegal substances might be the key to treating certain psychological disorders, from post-traumatic stress to depression.

Prescribing known psychedelics was frowned upon in psychiatric research. But habits begin to change, and more and more scientists are wondering if these substances aren't the key to treat certain psychological stress-related post-traumatic depression. Contained within psilocybin mushrooms, LSD and ecstasy, in addition to the hallucinations and mystical experiences they provide, affect the way of thinking of the user and his behaviour. A study conducted in the United Kingdom and the United States highlights the potential of psilocybin.

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, one of the experts behind these revelations says: "People get very emotionally tender with ecstasy, and this makes them more receptive to psychotherapy"

Drugs affecting the area of their brain memory manager make the more positive active while the negative memory is paralysed. Previous studies have led to surprising discoveries about the effects of psilocybin on the brain. This could lead to the development of new treatments for depression or severe headaches.

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