NPR: Treating PTSD With Psychedelics

Summary: “MDMA is just an exquisitely perfect chemical for augmenting the process of psychotherapy,” says Dr. Julie Holland on an episode of NPR’s Fresh Air podcast with host Terry Gross. “MDMA, because it increases oxytocin, there is a quieting of the amygdala — the fear response. Exploring trauma is scary, and often if people become afraid, they close down and they don’t want to talk,” explains Dr. Holland. Listen to the full episode to hear an insightful conversation about the potential for psychedelic therapy, cannabis, and plant medicines to treat the root cause of trauma, promote healing, and facilitate neuroplasticity.

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Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland has used psychedelic-assisted therapy to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. In some cases, she says, MDMA or marijuana can help make treatment more efficient and effective. She discusses this “revolutionary way” to treat trauma. Holland’s book is ‘Good Chemistry.’

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