How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death

5131290095_eff7aa0895How use of psychedelic drugs can ease the difficulty of facing the most harrowing stage of life. The New York Times points towards a more enlightened future:

The power of psychedelics to mitigate mortality’s sting is not just the obsession of one lone researcher. Dr. John Halpern, head of the Laboratory for Integrative Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont Mass., a psychiatric training hospital for Harvard Medical School, used MDMA — also known as ecstasy — in an effort to ease end-of-life anxieties in two patients with Stage 4 cancer.

Grob’s setup — the eyeshades, the objects, the mystical music, the floral aromas and flowing fabrics — was drawn from the work of Stanislav Grof, a psychiatrist born in Prague and a father of the study of psychedelic medicine for the dying. In the mid-’60s — before words like “acid” and “bong” and “Deadhead” transformed the American landscape, at a time when psychedelics were not illegal because most people didn’t know what they were and thus had no urge to ingest them — Grof began giving the drug to cancer patients at the Spring Grove State Hospital near Baltimore and documenting their effects.

Grof kept careful notes of his many psychedelic sessions, and in his various papers and books derived from those sessions, he described cancer patients clenched with fear who, under the influence of LSD or DPT, experienced relief from the terror of dying — and not just during their psychedelic sessions but for weeks and months afterward.

14 Comments on "How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death"

  1. If i was dying mdma is probably one of the last drugs id wanna take

  2. Calypso_1 | May 26, 2012 at 3:18 am |

    How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Life

    …if only

  3. vector theta | May 26, 2012 at 3:58 am |

    This must be the dope-head article of the week. A sledgehammer to the temple works better and faster, therefore, it must be an even better way to help a patient face death.

    • Liam_McGonagle | May 26, 2012 at 11:23 am |

      There’s nothing like empirical evidence.  Why don’t you try it yourself and tell us how well it worked?  I’ve got a Ouija board handy whenever you decide to get back to us.

    • Jin The Ninja | May 26, 2012 at 11:48 am |

      i’ll take it from your past post history you’re simply mentally challenged, and not be (too) offended by your violent outburst.

    • Calypso_1 | May 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

      Oh come on, transnasal cranial aspiration at 10 kPa is so much more fun.

    • fattazz

  4. Established Poster | May 26, 2012 at 5:08 am |

    I like drugs.

  5. this is old news

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