psychedelics

The Potential Role of Psychedelics in Cancer Treatment

Psilocybin shown to aid in cancer-related mental health conditions Cancer is a modern chronic disease characterized by abnormal cells dividing uncontrollably. There are over 200 types of cancer, some of which may spread into other body tissues.  Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for over 28 percent of all deaths. Researchers …

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Study Shows Psilocybin Treatment for Major Depression Effective for Up to a Year for Most Patients

Previous studies by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers showed that psychedelic treatment with psilocybin relieved major depressive disorder symptoms in adults for up to a month. Now, in a follow-up study of those participants, the researchers report that the substantial antidepressant effects of psilocybin-assisted therapy, given with supportive psychotherapy, may last at least a year for some patients. …

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Monash University-Led Team Receives Funding for Psychedelic Psychotherapy in Treatment-Resistant Depression

The Medical Research Future Fund Clinical Trials Activity Initiative has awarded $2.7M for Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness to a Monash University-led team, to evaluate the efficacy of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in treatment-resistant depression. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is, sadly, common, and results in the greatest global burden of disease. Although there are established treatments for …

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Using psychedelics for terminal illness and end of life

Death is the one thing all humans have in common, and everyone deserves to end their lives with dignity. There are several physical, mental, and emotional symptoms those at the end of life can face depending on their condition: pain, dyspnea (shortness of breath), mental confusion or delirium, agitation (also known as terminal restlessness), and …

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The Potential for Psychedelics and People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

More studies must explore how psychedelic treatment can help adults manage ASD. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause behavioural, communication, or social challenges. ASD includes several conditions that were previously diagnosed separately: Asperger syndrome, autistic disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). In the first report entitled Autism …

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University of Wyoming, CaaMTech Team Up to Study Psychedelics as Treatments for Addiction

The University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy and CaaMTech, a Washington state-based company that engineers psychedelic drugs, recently formed a collaboration in which UW researchers will evaluate CaaMTech’s proprietary compounds in addiction models as well as aim to demonstrate their anti-addictive properties. Ana Clara Bobadilla, an assistant professor in the UW School of Pharmacy, will lead …

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Could psychedelics help you quit smoking?

It’s hard to imagine a time when you could smoke a cigarette on an airplane, but airline bans on smoking only took place in North America a little over 30 years ago. Despite public health education and prevention efforts, approximately 15 percent of Canadians currently smoke tobacco. Although the rate of lung cancer in both …

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Psychedelics for Pain Management

By Raley Anne James Psychedelic substances have potential for treating physical pain, especially for seniors suffering from chronic pain. However, such potential has long been held back by the strict anti-drug laws that have lumped medically useful substances like psilocybin and cannabis alongside legitimately harmful narcotics such as cocaine and heroin. Fortunately, as discussed in a …

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What Psychedelic Therapists Should Know As We Head Towards Legalization

By Bea Chan Legalization is going to happen – it’s just a matter of time. Look at all the US cities already welcoming psychedelics: Santa Cruz, Oakland, Seattle, Denver. There’s no way Canada will be left behind. We already know that people are seeking out the healing benefits of plant and psychedelic medicine. What the …

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