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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whoah! Take me back to my youth!

Marijuana isn't the only street drug doctors are using to treat ailing patients—a growing movement in the medical world is embracing hallucinogens as a treatment for depression. The drug psilocybin, a key ingredient in the recreational drug known as "magic mushrooms," and other mind-bending drugs fell out of favor with regulators in the 1960s, but doctors believe modern culture is ready to take another look at their medicinal value. Here, a quick guide to the 21st-century push for therapeutic psychedelics:

Which problems do psychoactive drugs treat?
Depression tops the list. But researchers have begun testing the drugs' effects on other mental problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, end-of-life anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers.

I think I'm feeling my OCD & PTSD stirring up, again!


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