There are so many unnecessary costs with end-of-life care that stem from patients and their family members not being comfortable with the natural process of dying. Psychedelic medicine has the potential to improve how we psychologically cope with our own mortality.
From 8 pages to 1 card: Easier for patients and families discuss Advance Directives before the end of life
Sydney Morning Herald: Dr. Ashleigh Witt's view on why everybody should know the dying wishes of their loved ones
Do Not Resuscitate: Dr. Witt's blog on resuscitation and knowing when to stop
Scientific American: The English author Aldous Huxley believed that the brain acts as a “reducing valve” that constrains conscious awareness, with mescaline and other hallucinogens inducing psychedelic effects by inhibiting this filtering mechanism. Huxley based this explanation entirely on his personal experiences with mescaline, which was given to him by Humphrey Osmond, the psychiatrist who coined the term psychedelic.
How do hallucinogens work on the brain? The decreases were localised to important hub structures in the brain, such as the thalamus, posterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex
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MAPS: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, Phase 3 and Beyond. More: Dec 2015 Updates
NPR: How MDMA Could Help Some Cope With Trauma
2006 Moreno Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Psilocybin in 9 Patients With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. J Clinical Psychiatry
Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression: A pilot study with the shamanic brew hints at its therapeutic potential
ASCO Post: Researchers Discuss Pilot Study on Hallucinogenic Therapies for Cancer Anxiety
Classical hallucinogens as antidepressants? A review of pharmacodynamics and putative clinical roles
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Colorado Public Radio: In Pueblo, Heroin Hits Hard But Treatment Options Are Sparse
"People are more apt to use it when they're readily around it," Lucero said, but he adds addiction is not just based on availability. Other factors play a role, too, like economics, he says. Rural southern Colorado communities also have the lowest socioeconomic levels in the state.
"It can be very depressing when you're sitting in San Luis, or let's say Antonito, and you can't find a job [...] and you're trying to feed your family. All of the sudden, you get this person saying, 'I'll pay you $100 for a pick up,' then you find out, 'If I use this, I feel better.'"
"I'd been searching to fill this void with like drugs, love, everything and nothing would fill it. I chose who I was with -- and drugs over my kids," Rhodes said. "That night I prayed to get out of it, but the heroin, the withdrawals are so bad you feel like you're gonna die."
It's the Same Situation in Tennessee: Appalachian, American Politicians Lack Courage to Go "All In" on Opioid Maintenance, Harm Reduction, Mental Health & Drug Policy Reform
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