Researchers are investigating the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and magic mushrooms.
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Psilocybin -- the active ingredient in magic mushrooms -- could be used during controlled therapy to treat depression. The psychoactive is thought to enable people to confront and make sense of the world.
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The methods the brain uses to organize information and interpret the world are disrupted under the influence of psilocybin, which results in hallucinations. High-level thinking becomes disjointed while brain regions to do with emotional thinking become more active.
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Scientists are trialling both meditation and psychedelic drugs as potential treatments due to their perspective-altering effect on the mind.
Meditation can be extremely challenging for a novice, so the idea behind one study is to reveal whether psychedelics offers a similar change in perspective and, if so, use them as an alternative therapy or even use them as a gateway into meditation.