Why People are Turning to Psychedelics to Treat Medical Conditions

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The Scottish Psychedelic Research Group, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and founded in 2021, recently held three days of talks on the subject including one afternoon focused on mental health. The speakers were a mix of scientists and people with lived experience of the medicinal qualities of psychedelics, including a former rugby player for the Scottish national team and a family that had been affected by addiction issues. 

Period27 Jun 2023

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  • TitleWhy People are Turning to Psychedelics to Treat Medical Conditions
    Degree of recognitionLocal
    Media name/outletGreater Govanhill
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date27/06/23
    DescriptionThe Scottish Psychedelic Research Group, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and founded in 2021, recently held three days of talks on the subject including one afternoon focused on mental health. The speakers were a mix of scientists and people with lived experience of the medicinal qualities of psychedelics, including a former rugby player for the Scottish national team and a family that had been affected by addiction issues.

    Dr Mourad Wahba, a psychiatrist who has been running clinical trials on the subject, highlighted how the amount of papers published on the subject has doubled since 2013. He also showed how psilocybin, especially higher doses, can reduce the impact of severe depression and addiction issues. This was backed up by another speaker, Professor Jo Neill, who said: “Never in forty years of research, have I seen such amazing results… I switched to researching psychedelics because they work. They heal people which is not a word we usually say in psychiatry.”

    What’s more, studies done by the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London have shown how psychedelics can be used to treat and manage conditions like depression, chronic pain and eating disorders.

    Back in Govanhill, Liam began speaking to friends who were using psychedelics as alternative medicines and how they have helped them treat and cope with their respective conditions. He learned about toad venom and kambo (the secretion of a tropical frog), two potently strong psychedelics that are usually administered with the help of more experienced people. He has also self-administered psilocybin over the years.
    Producer/AuthorJack Howse
    PersonsAnna Ross

Keywords

  • psychedelics
  • Mental Health
  • drugs
  • drug policy