Video: How Psychedelic Drugs Can Save Lives
Check out this fascinating summary of the case for psychedelic drugs as medicine.
Psychedelic drugs like ‘shrooms and acid still carry stigma and remain illegal around the world. But the movement endorsing these substances as helpful—even lifesaving—treatment for a variety of ailments is gathering support, including from recent Substance.com interviewee Amber Lyon. This video by her website Reset.me makes the case that these drugs have been used as medicine for thousands of years and argues that the benefits far outweigh the risks: “Science is on their side.”
The video highlights various recorded positive effects of eight psychedelics—including LSD, peyote and psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”)—such as relieving anxiety, depression, addiction and PTSD. “When people with treatment-resistant PTSD were given the psychedelic MDMA, combined with psychotherapy, 83% were cured,” says the video, citing a study—compared to a 25% success rate with psychotherapy alone.
The video also states that these substances are not known to be addictive, and that they act fast—with psychedelic therapy having been described as “30 years of therapy in one night.” Even Bill Wilson, the founder of abstinence-based recovery program Alcoholics Anonymous, reportedly used LSD to cure his depression, and “unsuccessfully tried to get LSD added to the 12-step program.”
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