Note from CCHR: Due to the severe adverse reactions from psychiatric drugs finally becoming a matter of public knowledge, as well as studies proving psychiatric drugs are no more effective than placebo, the psychiatric drug lords have now come up with a more overtly drug dealer approach; prescribe patients lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), Ketamine (An animal tranquilizer known as Special K on the the street) and psilocybin (mushrooms).
By Deborah Brauser
August 25, 2010
Low doses of psychedelic drugs, including lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ketamine, and psilocybin, may reduce clinical symptoms in patients with depression, anxiety, obsession-compulsive disorders (OCDs), and chronic pain, without inducing depersonalization or hallucinations, according to a new Perspectives article published online August 18 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
The study authors note that this may be due to the drugs’ effect on patients’ altered brain circuits and neurotransmitter systems, including serotonin and glutamate systems, according to recent neuroimaging data.
“These findings raise the possibility that research into psychedelics might identify novel therapeutic mechanisms and approaches that are based on glutamate-driven neuroplasticity,” write Franz X. Vollenweider, MD, director of the Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain Imaging Research Unit at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Zurich, Switzerland, and colleagues.
“These are serious, debilitating, life-shortening illnesses, and as the currently available treatments have high failure rates, psychedelics might offer alternative treatment strategies that could improve the well-being of patients and the associated economic burden on [them] and society,” they add.
Although research on psychedelics has been restricted for almost 40 years because of the drugs’ negative connotations, “recent advances in our understanding of the neurobiology of psychedelics” have led to renewed interest, write the study authors.
Read entire article here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/727438