Transcending the Medical Frontiers: Exploring the Future of Psychedelic Drug Research

Machine_elf_impDave Brown writes:

Working with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for the past four years as their guest editor has been an extremely exciting and tremendously fruitful endeavor for me. It’s a great joy to see how MDMA can help people suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), how LSD can help advanced-stage cancer patients come to peace with the dying process, and how ibogaine can help opiate addicts overcome their addiction. There appears to be enormous potential for the development of psychedelic drugs into effective treatments for a whole range of difficult-to-treat psychiatric disorders.

However, as thrilled as I am by all the new clinical studies exploring the medical potential of psychedelic drugs, I still long for the day when our best minds and resources can be applied to the study of these extraordinary substances with an eye that looks beyond their medical applications, toward their ability to enhance human potential and explore new realities.

This article explores these possibilities. But first, let’s take a look at how we got to be where we are.

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3 Comments on "Transcending the Medical Frontiers: Exploring the Future of Psychedelic Drug Research"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jun 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm |

    it’s telling that a symptom reliever for PTSD
    is considered mo betta than
    eliminating the cause of PTSD

    even though the article had a picture of schrooms
    all the psychedelics mentioned are man made

    • InfvoCuernos | Jun 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm |

      In the future, only the victims of the robot overlords will be subject to PTSD.

  2. geminihigh | Jun 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm |

    Psychedelics can actually cause PTSD as well as treat it. Its called a flashback. Its the kind of PTSD that you want to have. I’ve only had a few, one when I was driving which was a bit unnerving at first but didn’t cause me significant impairment, but they certainly weren’t like I “was tripping all over again” as those DARE cops used to warn us children about. God damn officer, why did you have to get my hopes up?! Its more of a sensation of revelation and wonder… much like that comes to those under the influence of psychedelics. I think I even have had diphenhydramine flashbacks at least once, which were very brief but not so fun. Benadryl: A true hallucinogen that is a gateway to pure evil, maybe even hell itself. The darkest substance ever made. Miasma & dread were words coined for the trip it gives. Datura got nothing on Big Bad Ben. I wonder if MAPS ever will do any research on the dark side of the pharmacopeia…

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