Taking A Trip For Your Mental Health

Taking A Trip For Your Mental Health

Printed on 19 March, 2007
in Time Magazine

Written By: John Cloud

Back in the 1950’s, Establishment Institutions like Harvard and the U.S. military distributed hallucinogens to study their potential. We’re not quite so naive today, but there is hard science being conducted that might — if the results prove valid — lead to the legal therapeutic use of psychedelics in the next decade.
MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), better known as ecstasy, is being tested in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Last Year two peer-reviewed journals ran articles demonstrating beneficial effects of psilocybin (“mushrooms”) in obsessive compulsive patients and ketamine (“Special K”) in people with major depression. Timothy Leary would have been proud.

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Time Magazine’s annual “What’s Next” issue ran a brief story entitled “Taking a trip for your mental health,” highlighting MAPS-sponsored MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine research.