Can Psychedelics Treat PTSD?

Heroes Media Group has been studying alternative treatments for health problems affecting the veterans community. Last week, we looked at marijuana’s potential to treat chronic pain and depression. Now, we will explore an even more controversial substance: psychedelics.

Psychedelics, or hallucinogens, trigger mind-altering experiences in users by weakening the prefrontal cortex’s grip on the brain. Magic mushrooms, LSD, DMT, MDMA, mescaline and ibogaine all fall under this umbrella. 

Limited research on psychedelics suggest numerous health benefits. A majority of veterans and first responders in a 2018 study saw significant improvement in PTSD symptoms after psychotherapy sessions with MDMA. Psilocybin, the active compound in mushrooms, alleviated the depression of 80% of the participants in a 2016 study. It also may …

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