Psychedelics Therapeutic Uses

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The following is a list of the most common psychedelics and their common effects and personalities, in addition to their potential adverse side effects and therapeutic uses.

Psychedelics Therapeutic Uses

The following data come out of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the National Institutes of Health.

Psychedelics Therapeutic Uses: Psilocybin

Psilocybin effects and properties:

  • 5-HT2A (serotonin) agonist of the pyramidal neurons
    Dizziness, tremors, weakness, paresthesia
    Altered consciousness (auditory distortions, visions, ideations)
    Altered mood (sad, happy, irritable, fearful)
    Distorted sense of time and space
  • Potential side effects of psilocybin: Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder and Psychosis
  • Therapeutic uses:
    Addiction treatment (tobacco, alcohol, other drugs)
    Anxiety is associated with terminal illnesses such as cancer and AIDS.
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Psychedelics Therapeutic Uses: LSD

LSD effects and properties:

  • 5-HT2A (serotonin) agonist of pyramidal neurons
    Weakness, dizziness, tremors, paresthesia, altered mood (sad, happy, irritable, fearful), distorted sense of time and space, modified consciousness (auditory distortions and visions)
  • Potential harms:
    Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder and Psychosis
  • LSD therapeutic uses:
    Addiction treatment (alcohol and other drugs)
    Anxiety is associated with dying and illnesses like cancer.

Psychedelics Therapeutic Uses: MDMA

MDMA effects and properties:

  • Dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline agonist enhanced sociability and empathy, perceptual alteration, arousal, euphoria
  • Potential adverse side effects:
    Memory impairment)
    Sleeplessness
    Depression over the short term
  • Potential therapeutic uses:
    PTSD treatment and associated symptoms.

Psychedelics Therapeutic Uses: Ayahuasca

Effects of Ayahuasca and its properties:

  • 5-HT2A (serotonin) agonist of pyramidal neurons, altered mood (sad, fearful, happy, irritable), distorted sense of time and space, paresthesia, emesis, nausea, tremors, altered consciousness (auditory distortions, ideations, visions)
  • Potential harms:
    Serotonin syndrome and Psychosis
  • Potential therapeutic uses:
    Addiction (cocaine, tobacco, alcohol, other drugs)
    Anxiety and depression

Psychedelics Therapeutic Uses: Mescaline

Mescaline side-effects and properties:

  • 5-HT2A (serotonin) agonist of pyramidal neurons
    Weakness, paresthesia tremors, dizziness, altered consciousness (auditory distortions, ideations visions), altered mood (happy, sad, fearful, irritable), distorted sense of time and space
  • Possible negative side-effects:
    Psychosis
  • Therapeutic uses:
    Addiction (alcohol and other drugs)
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