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Email In a carefully controlled setting, psychedelic drugs such as LSD or "magic mushrooms" may benefit patients with hard-to-treat anxiety, addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder PTSDnew research suggests.
Benefits of psychedelic drugs finding comes from a review of small-scale and preliminary studies conducted recently in the United States, Canada and Europe, all of which await follow-up.
These preliminary results show that "in the right context, these drugs can help people a lot, especially people who have disorders that we generally treat poorly, such as end-of-life distress, PTSD, and addiction issues involving tobacco or alcohol," said study co-author Matthew Johnson.
Johnson is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
The research Johnson and his colleagues point to includes a study that found that psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy resulted in lower anxiety and improved mood, without negative side effects. Psilocybin is the hallucinogenic compound in " magic mushrooms. Two months after two LSD-enhanced psychotherapy sessions, the patients experienced "significant" reductions in some forms of anxiety, a benefit that endured one year out, without long-lasting side effects.
Despite these findings, Johnson cautioned, "people should not go out on their own to treat themselves with these drugs. These drugs need to be researched according to a strict regulatory process, the same as you would develop any drug.
It also represents a dramatic turnaround from earlier research -- much of it conducted in the counter-culture heyday of the s -- that was largely discredited by the medical community. Besides LSD and psilocybin, the drugs examined in the new review included mescaline; DMT, the common name for the hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine; and the mood-elevating drug MDMA, or methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, also known as Ecstasy or Molly.
This fresh look at psychedelics should be viewed as an attempt to "further our understanding of how the brain works," suggested Dr. Borenstein wasn't involved in the research. But there may be aspects that perhaps have a potential benefit, particularly if we could find a way to isolate their helpful mechanisms of action.
Other studies mentioned in the review include one that found that psilocybin helped 12 out of 15 smokers kick their tobacco habit by the six-month post-treatment mark. In another, more than 80 percent of PTSD patients who underwent two-sessions of psychotherapy coupled with MDMA experienced a more than 30 percent drop in the severity of their symptoms, compared with 25 percent of those who didn't take MDMA.
The benefits held up for nearly three-quarters of the patients three and half years out.
And researchers studying alcoholism in New Mexico found that coupling "motivational enhancement therapy" with magic mushrooms halved heavy drinking without any significant or long-lasting side effects. He added the drugs "can help people who are in a very difficult place psychologically break out and get unstuck.
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