How psilocybin, LSD, and other psychedelic drugs could increase wellness in people without mental illness

When psychologist Martin Seligman became president of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1998, he did something radical. Over the years, he had grown tired of his fields’ constant focus on the negative (mental illness, trauma, suffering, pain) and felt that more attention should be paid to the other side of the coin: happiness, well-being, […]

Do Psychedelics Have the Power to Change Minds?

Do Psychedelics Have the Power to Change Minds? Clinical trials of MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine, and ayahuasca are offering a glimpse that the future may hold psychiatric treatments far different from daily drug prescriptions currently used for anxiety and addictive disorders. Research is only beginning to unravel how these experiences in altered states of consciousness produce […]

Therapeutic effects of MDMA on post-traumatic stress

MDMA has been banned by the federal government since 1985 as a dangerous recreational drug with no medical value. But interest is rising in its potential to help people suffering from psychiatric or emotional problems. A loose-knit underground community of psychologists, counselors and healers has been administering the drug to patients — an act that […]

Can psychedelic drugs heal?

Psychologists explore potential benefits of hallucinogens for mental health disorders Can psychedelic drugs heal? Summary : Many people think of psychedelics as relics from the hippie generation or something taken by ravers and music festival-goers, but they may one day be used to treat disorders ranging from social anxiety to depression, according to research presented […]