Do Psychedelics Have the Power to Change Minds?

Research is beginning to unravel how psychedelic experiences produce large shifts in psychological functioning. Neuroplasticity may be the reason.
By Alli Feduccia, PhD
September 4, 2018(Updated: January 16, 2019)

Originally published on by Dr. Alli Feduccia

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 large shifts in psychological functioning. Although a purely biochemical model is not inclusive of psycho-spiritual or transpersonal explanations, here I describe what scientific explorations are revealing about how the brain responds when … read full article.

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Alli Feduccia, PhD
Dr. Alli Feduccia is a Co-Founder and Director of Psychedelic.Support and Project New Day. She is a neuropharmacologist interested in advancing psychedelic research, medicinal use of psychedelics, and ceremonial practices that incorporate plant medicines.

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