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Psychedelics as Medicine (04:00)


Scientists are researching how psychedelic drugs are opening the brain to positive change. Doctors have used psychedelics to treat addiction, depression, and PTSD.

Psychedelics and Addiction (07:47)

Jon Kotas spent years trying to manage his alcoholism. Psychiatrist Stephen Ross enrolls him in a clinical trial using psilocybin, the active substance in mushrooms. While some psychedelics are synthetic, many have been used in indigenous medicine for generations. Kotas stops drinking.

Psychedelics and the Brain (03:47)

Scientists and doctors believe psychedelics are an effective treatment because they change the brain instead of just suppressing symptoms. Psychedelics activate specific serotonin receptors in the brain and restore nerve cell connections.

Psychedelic Experiences (05:21)

Psychedelic drugs often produce profound experiences that the user feels changes them in some way. Western researchers have been looking into the effects of psychedelics since the 1940s, shortly after the discovery of LSD. It became a hallmark of hippie culture in the 1960s and 1970s.

Indigenous Psychedelic Uses (04:09)

Many North and South American indigenous people use psychedelics, like peyote, in rituals, rites of passage, and medicine. Peyote gives the user a deeper connection to oneself and the universe.

Safe Use of Psychedelic (04:47)

Psychedelic-assisted therapy experiences occur in safe spaces overseen by doctors. Patients must come to the sessions with the right intentions and mindset. Dr. Manish Agrawal uses psychedelics to treat depression for people with cancer.

Default Mode Network (05:09)

Psychedelics quiet the default mode network, activated during introspection, and increases communication between other areas of the brain. The user has an altered and heightened sense of awareness. Scientists believe the claustrum regulates communication; psychedelics disrupt the claustrum.

MDMA Clinical Trials (09:56)

People have been researching psychedelics for medicinal uses since the 1980s. Current research focuses on MDMA's effectiveness in treating PTSD. MDMA increases oxytocin, which is important for bonding and self-confidence.

Psychedelics and Communities of Color (06:52)

Many communities of color are apprehensive to try psychedelic trials. Experts have used MDMA to treat PTSD and racial trauma.

Credits: "Can Psychedelics Cure?" (01:26)

Credits: "Can Psychedelics Cure?"

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Hallucinogenic drugs--popularly called psychedelics--have been used by human societies for thousands of years. Today, scientists are taking a second look at many of these mind-altering substances--both natural and synthetic--and discovering that they can have profoundly positive clinical impacts, helping patients struggling with a range of afflictions from addiction to depression and PTSD.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL282637

Copyright date: ©2022

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