Reorganizational psychedelic experiences, neuroplasticity, & their role in treating addiction | Roland Griffiths

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

Neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life, allows neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. The use of hallucinogenic substances is often accompanied by neuroplastic changes in the brain that influence the user's view of self and the world in which they live. Such substances may be useful in treating complex mental health disorders such as addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and others. In this clip, Dr. Roland Griffiths discusses the reorganizational effects that psychedelic experiences have on the brain and their potential use in treating mental disorders.

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