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In Canada, psychedelics re-emerge in treatment of depression

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By Olivier MONNIER

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Seems to me that this subject needs to be investigated. I have met so many people over my lifetime who might have benefitted from treatment with the potential re-wiring afforded by psychedelic drugs. It seems that the older a person becomes, the harder it is for them to break out of their harmful mental habits. That is why habits that we learn young are so important. But, we do not know for sure, and are a long way away from knowing. So far much of what we "know" is anecdotal evidence of the benefits of psychedelics.

I wonder what would have happened if Hitler or Trump had been treated with LSD; it might have allowed them to break through whatever barriers that prevented them from having compassion for their fellow humans.

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This kind of research was actually very common until the '60s when Timothy Leary caused a moral panic over them

This organisation is the biggest doing such work: https://maps.org/

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The shrooms grew wild in the neighborhood wooded area I lived in in Western Washington.

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Seeing the words 'Canada' and 'psychedelics' in the same sentence, I expected the article would be about Dr. Gabor Maté (father of independent journalist Aron Maté) and others using ayahuasca to treat addictive behavior, particularly addiction to other more dangerous drugs (such as heroin) commonly associated with the growing numbers of homeless in Vancouver.

His book 'In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts' gives a bit of information about that, but his YouTube lectures might be more up to date. I am surprised this was not even mentioned in the otherwise long and detailed article.

Somewhat connected, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of PCR tests, Kary Mullis, gleefully documents his personal experience (and many cutting-edge STEM researchers in Northern California during the late 60's, early 70's) with psychoactives (particularly LSD) in his autobiography 'Dancing Naked in the Mind Field'. Great read.

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This is a very interesting subject. It seems to me that the possibility exists that it is not the "trip" from psychedelics that brings about a potential benefit, but the rewiring that occurs in the brain from the drug used.

I read it explained in a way that depression may be like our mind repeats and reinforces negative pathways that form ruts like in a muddy road that we simply can't get out of, and a psychedelic may pull us out of the rut an establish new pathways or roads that had been blocked. I certainly am willing to try them and am very interested in future research in this area. I have met persons taking traditional antidepressants and they had a kind of wooden stare and numbness that is disconcerting.

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Shows how stupid the war on drugs was/is in sop many ways. Swept up all sorts of beneficial chemicals in the puritanical furore over drugs.

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This is a very interesting subject. It seems to me that the possibility exists that it is not the "trip" from psychedelics that brings about a potential benefit, but the rewiring that occurs in the brain from the drug used. If this is the case, then the patient could theoretically be fully unconscious while the drug is in the body, and the benefits of changes to the brain would still happen.

On the other hand, it is possible that the requisite changes to the brain will not occur unless the drug is administered while the patient is conscious. It is a subject worthy of further study, no?

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Good news. I also recently saw a clinic for Ketamine treatment for depression in Florida.

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This is the kind of forward thinking the world needs.

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