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‘Acid Test’: The case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression
    #20534710 - 09/07/14 08:10 PM (6 years, 7 months ago)

‘Acid Test’: The case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression

By Tom Shroder September 4

Roland Griffiths, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studies the effects of psychoactive drugs on the mind in his lab, which is set up to look like a living room. (Andre Chung/For The Washington Post)

This article is excerpted from Tom Shroder’s “Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal,” which comes out Sept. 9. The book focuses on researchers’ attempts to determine whether psychedelic drugs administered with talk therapy can help people with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric ailments. Such studies flourished in the 1950s when more than 25,000 doses of psychedelic drugs were administered to thousands of patients and the accepted assessment held that the drugs would be “of utmost value in psychotherapy.”

Rampant recreational drug abuse in the ’60s provoked government restrictions on research, but a small group of scientists persisted in the belief that psychedelic drugs were too potentially valuable to be discarded. In the past decade, a number of clinical trials have won approval at major research institutions, including Johns Hopkins.

These studies have shown promising results using MDMA, psilocybin and other psychedelics in controlled clinical settings under close medical supervision, even as abuse of drugs sold on the street as psychedelics continues to claim victims.

Roland Griffiths, a slender man with a thatch of white hair and piercing eyes, got his PhD in psychopharmacology in 1972 from the University of Minnesota, then went to Johns Hopkins’ Behavioral Biology unit, where he specialized in determining the relative abuse potential of drugs.

Griffiths became a recognized expert in his field, was happy and successful in his work. In his personal life, he discovered meditation, and that changed him in a fundamental way.

“I had remarkable experiences that were unlike anything else I had had. … And all of a sudden, for lack of a better descriptor, it opened a spiritual window in the world for me,” he said.

At some point, a light went on in Griffiths’ mind and he realized his personal and professional concerns could converge seamlessly: He researched psychoactive drugs. A certain class of psychoactive drugs was reputed to induce just the kind of experiences he’d been so affected by in meditation. Psychedelic drugs.

“I grew up in a scientific culture that had just ruled out doing research with these compounds,” Griffiths says. “But as I just contemplated more deeply and really thought where my interests lay, I thought, ‘Well, why not?’ ”

... [rest of the article by following the link]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/acid-test-the-case-for-using-psychedelics-to-treat-ptsd-depression/2014/09/04/03c3c222-0e01-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html


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Re: ‘Acid Test’: The case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression [Re: Simplepowa]
    #20536045 - 09/08/14 01:15 AM (6 years, 7 months ago)

Good to hear.


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Re: ‘Acid Test’: The case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression [Re: LSDreams]
    #20536474 - 09/08/14 04:27 AM (6 years, 7 months ago)

"These studies have shown promising results using MDMA, psilocybin and other psychedelics in controlled clinical settings under close medical supervision, even as abuse of drugs sold on the street as psychedelics continues to claim victims."

so dramatic though. like any ingestion outside of controlled clinical settings is considered abuse or something.


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    #20537030 - 09/08/14 11:39 AM (6 years, 7 months ago)

A+ 10/10 :thumbup::thumbup:


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