Mushrooms, LSD, or DMT – whatever you call them, Psychedelic drugs certainly have a history in America. Ingesting the drug provides a so-called psychedelic experience, which is a different state of mind than we have normally. The drugs can give hallucinations, vision distortion, and even some spiritual experiences to those who take them.
The drugs themselves and especially the concept of ‘getting high’ have received a bad rap for rebellion and causing the youth of the world to go astray. However, these drugs and the effects do have some benefits.
Benefits of a psychedelic experience
Several religions and religious people use these drugs in order to gain religious ecstasy and a deeper connection to their inner self. Some religions do use or are even based around, the use of psychedelic substances to gain a connection with ancestors or the spirit world or even to a higher power.
Other individuals who take the drugs can even have spiritual, near death, and other life-changing experiences that can even lead to long-term positive and negative changes. Things such as ingrained values of a person can change after a trip that leads the person on a personal journey.
People under the influence are even shone to be happier, more outgoing, and even more curious. Plus, the effects linger long after the session is over, sometimes for years.
These drugs are often used to treat PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms and in some cases can even calm down an overactive brain when taken in small doses. While several of the drugs have been either regulated by medical agencies or recommended by indigenous shamans, others haven’t been regulated.
The medical doses are often regulated and are small enough to stave off addiction or abuse, but the research is promising. They might be able to help defeat addictions to food, smoking, and other substances, as well as get rid of anxiety and even OCD.
With addictions, such as the addiction to nicotine and smoking, being increasingly hard to get rid of with conventional anti-depressants and medication, using controlled psychedelic drugs to deal with the problem is an alternative, while also combining it with a discussion about the experience.
Not legal yet
So far, the recreational use of these drugs is still banned, and the medical uses are watched closely and haven’t been made available to the wider public just yet. However, the results are promising.
Psychedelic therapy is positive, where patients can be free of their problems, additions, and really let their inner emotions out. Then the patients can accept the positivity and talk about how the freedom made them feel and can help them cope.
However, pending approval for public use is still taking a long time, and the greenlight approval is still a long way away. Still, most doctors who advocate for the drugs to enter the medical industry say that this gives them time to completely study the effects and ensure that the drugs and their effects are as safe as possible.