Therapeutic effects of psilocybin in treatment of anxiety and depression | Roland Griffiths

Parent Episode: Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. on Psilocybin, Psychedelic Therapies & Mystical Experiences

The use of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s prompted the United States government to assign these drugs Schedule I status, the most controlled drugs under federal regulation. According to the Controlled Substances Act, they have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. This status effectively halted the clinical research being conducted on these drugs. However, in the past 20 years, new, well-designed trials have demonstrated that these drugs elicit mystical experiences in the user that may have sustained, beneficial effects, especially in people who have depression. In this clip, Dr. Roland Griffiths describes the current state of research on psychedelic drugs.

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