Psilocybin is the active ingredient in psychedelic "magic" mushrooms, and typically elicits a heightened emotional and sensory experience. In the presence of an experienced clinician and a supportive setting, psilocybin can lead to long-term positive effects in patients. Psilocybi allows for entry into deep emotions, memories, and insights that are more difficult to access in a typical therapy setting. In recent years, studies conducted at Johns Hopkins and Yale University have explored the efficacy of this drug. Although it is still in trial phases and not yet available to the public, psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy shows a great deal of promise to help patients suffering from anxiety, OCD, depression, and emotional trauma.
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Other Psychedelic Options
Clinical research and early usage in some clinics continues to showcase the healing properties of a number of psychedelic medicines. However, they are most effectively used as tools in conjunction with skilled and integrative psychotherapy to produce lasting effects. Although psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine have been the substances most recently investigated for therapeutic use, there are still many other medicines currently not used in the US due to legal and political barriers. For example, some studies suggest LSD can be effective for depression and anxiety relief, and ibogaine and ayahuasca can be used to curb drug addiction. In the US, LSD and ibogaine are currently illegal, while ayahuasca can only be used in limited religious settings. Regardless, with continued work, the modern science movement will bring many of these medicines to the forefront for future clinical use.
Learn about our psychedelic integration services that are are available to assist people who are working to integrate and resolve psychedelic experiences or other experiences involving non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Therapists at BWC help clients to integrate and resolve psychedelic experiences or other experiences involving non-ordinary states of consciousness.