4 Psychedelics Have Been Shown to Cure Depression, Anxiety, PTSD - Even Alcoholism

Research into the medicinal properties of psychedelics has been underway for decades. Scientists have found drugs like MDMALSD, and magic mushrooms can be used to treat anxiety, depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and even addiction. And, yet, the government continues to block research and enforce policies that criminalize the use of the drugs.


Currently, psychedelics are categorized as a Schedule I substance by the DEA, which means they are believed to have high potential for abuse and are banned for medical use. Despite this, there has been a recent resurgence of research into the potential healing properties of these substances. Earlier this year, celebrity journalist Amber Lyon left her post at CNN to start a website entirely dedicated to the benefits of psychedelics for psychological healing. And Swiss researchers also published results of a drug trialexploring possible medical uses of LSD—the first trial of its kind in nearly 40 years.

For a clearer sense of how different psychedelics work on the brain, and their potential clinical benefits, check out this handy chart from Scientific American (below). As more and more states approve medical marijuana, maybe medical acid and medical ecstasy are not so far behind.

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"585708","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"371","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.