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Can Psychedelics Be Therapy? Allow Research to Find Out

In the last few years, calls for marijuana to be researched as a medical therapy have increased. It may be time for us to consider the same for psychedelic drugs.

Two general classes of such drugs exist, and they include LSD, psilocybin, mescaline and ecstasy (MDMA).

All are illegal in the United States because they carry a high risk of abuse. They can also cause harm. The best-known adverse event is persistent flashbacks, though these are believed to be rare. More common are symptoms like increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety and panic.

Some people have pointed to anecdotal evidence of positive effects. Ayelet Waldman, a novelist and former federal…

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