Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Promise of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy by Mark Rose

Psychedelic drugs have been getting a lot of attention lately as a potential treatment for mental health disorders. In particular, psychedelics like psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) and MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) are showing promise in the treatment of conditions like anxiety, depression, and addiction. And while these drugs are still illegal in most states, that may soon change. 

In 2017, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize psilocybin for therapeutic use. Since then, other states like Oregon and California have followed suit. In November of 2020, voters in Oregon will decide whether to become the first state to legalize MDMA for therapeutic use. If the measure passes, it would be a major victory for psychedelic-assisted therapy.  

Psychedelics work by causing changes in consciousness that allow patients to confront their fears and traumas in a safe and controlled setting. Under the supervision of a trained therapist, patients can explore the root cause of their disorder and start to heal. For many people, this is a much more effective treatment than traditional therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). 

There is still a lot of stigma around psychedelics, but as more and more research is conducted, that is starting to change. The FDA has already approved clinical trials of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, and psilocybin is not far behind.

If these drugs can help people suffering from mental health disorders lead happier, healthier lives, then it's time to start changing our laws to reflect that reality. 

Psychedelic drugs have the potential to revolutionize the way we treat mental health disorders. If these drugs are used correctly, they could help millions of people around the world heal from conditions like anxiety, depression, and addiction. It's time for our laws to catch up with the science and allow these promising treatments to be used legally and safely.

                                                                                            by Mark Rose

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