Are Psychedelic Drugs the Future of Therapeutic Care?

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Psychedelic therapy, also known as psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (PAP), combines traditional talk therapy with a psychedelic substance, such as LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, or MDMA. Extensive research on the use of these conscious-altering drugs is currently underway and has shown promising results for treating a variety of serious medical conditions.

In fact, early research has been so encouraging that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) called psychedelic therapy a "breakthrough therapy" in 2019, suggesting that it might not be long before this experimental practice becomes more commonplace. So far, researchers have determined that some psychedelics, such as psilocybin, are safe to use as a supervised, clinical treatment and can produce substantial positive results when it comes to supporting a person's mental health.