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Can We Quantify the Placebo Effect in Psychedelic Medicine?

Here, take these pills. It will make you better. Likely you’ve heard these phrases before if you’re living in a medicalized society. For whatever ails you, there is a pill or an entire arsenal of medications that your doctor may prescribe. Some of these drugs are life-saving remedies with biological targets that interrupt disease progression

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MDMA Could Revolutionize Care for Trauma, a Social Worker’s Perspective

An article about why mental health professionals are in dire need of better treatment for PTSD, how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy works, and how important a treatment like this could be for addressing the immense burden of trauma in vulnerable communities, especially communities of color and low-income communities.

Healing Trauma with MDMA: A New Study Published

Patchwork Art from MAPS Therapist Training Program 2017Photo Credit: Alyssa Gursky Findings from the last study in a series of six Phase 2 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was published today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology [1]. The clinical trial in Boulder, Colorado (MP-12) enrolled 28 participants suffering from

First Clinical Trial: Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults Successfully Treated with MDMA Therapy

The first clinical trial in adults on the autism spectrum investigating MDMA, or any psychedelic substance for that matter, was published in Psychopharmacology this week [1]. This groundbreaking research looked at whether MDMA combined with psychotherapy could help with the severe social anxiety that autistic adults commonly experience. The drug-therapy combo wasn’t intended to be

How To Join a Psychedelic Clinical Trial

You could be eligible to participate in a psychedelic research trial. Studies of psychedelics are at various stages, enrolling both healthy volunteers and individuals with specific mental health conditions. We’ve compiled a list here of all the current or planned clinical trials on MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, Cannabis, and more. Regulatory approvals over the last few

How Psychedelics Help Neurons Grow

A common question about the recent wave of psychedelic research is, “how do these mind-altering substances work in the brain to produce a rapid reduction of symptoms and long-lasting improvements for a variety of mental health disorders?” Beyond some scientifically well-founded hypotheses and pure speculation, we haven’t had enough experimental evidence on psychedelics to draw