How to Change Your Mind: What the science says about psychedelics
What does the research say about….
The idea for Consensus came from wanting instant answers to the question: “what does the science actually say about XYZ?”
Now that the product is alive, we will be sharing interesting things we learned using Consensus.
This week we are asking, what does the research say about….the mental health benefits of psychedelics?
Also try these drug specific queries:
- Psilocybin and mental health
- Can LSD be used for depression
- Which is more effective against depression, r-ketamine or s-ketamine?
How to Change Your Mind
You would be hard-pressed to find a subject that has gone from operating in the shadows to scientific notoriety faster than the usage of psychedelic drugs in the treatment of mental health disorders.
Starting with the famous Johns Hopkins studies in the early 2000’s and recently culminating with Michael Pollen’s fantastic Netflix docuseries “How to Change Your Mind” – psychedelics began the millennium as a counter-culture recreational drug and currently exist as a seemingly reputable intervention for some of today’s most prevalent mental health conditions.
It is important to note that these studies do not serve as any sort of recommendation and any usage should be done in consultation with a medical professional. Despite their observed benefits in a clinical setting, psychedelics are extremely powerful drugs that should be taken seriously and are not meant to be used by everyone.
Let’s dive into some studies:
- Reviews showing efficacy across conditions and types of drugs:
- Drug specific studies:
- Psilocybin has been shown to…
- LSD has been shown to…
- Ketamine has been shown to…
- Other interesting studies:
- Study indicating the unique lack of adverse events associated with psychedelics use
- Study that showed users improvement in PHYSICAL health measures
- 2013 study showing that psychedelics are not a risk factor for mental health disorders
- This highly citied study from 2015 found psychedelics to be effective in suicide prevention
- A study of 44,000 drug users showed that use of psychedelics was associated with decreased risk of drug addiction
- A 2021 study suggested efficacy in treating racial trauma