New study suggests psychedelics can reduce opioid addiction
In the United States (and France), enough opioids are prescribed for every adult and very easily. Opioid pain relievers or other opioids can have some very serious side effects, including heavy addiction. It is estimated that a total of 26,4 million to 30 million people worldwide suffer from aggravated opioid dependence. However, a study suggests a radical new approach to opioid addiction: psychedelic therapy.
Of all the psychedelic plants and mushrooms, it is safe to say that cannabis is the sweetest ... Research has shown that cannabis has strong pain-relieving properties, however. Cannabis is chosen by many patients as an alternative to prescribed pain relievers, such as opioids ...
But, what about other psychedelics? These substances have been taboo for a long time, many in the medical community have frowned for decades. But science is coming to regain some independence on psychedelic compounds, with some impressive recent research. Over the past two years, reports have shown that using psychedelics sometime in your life is associated with:
- Reduced risk of spousal violence
- Reduced psychological distress and suicidal thinking
- Fewer prescriptions for psychiatric drugs
- Reduction of outpatient treatment for mental health problems
Bending the mind
While the idea that a psychedelic can improve mental health may seem a bit too drastic to some. A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests that mind-flexing compounds may be beneficial in another therapeutic area, opioid (and opioid) addiction.
The study found that consumption of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or psilocybin, the active substance in magic mushrooms, is associated with a decreased risk of opioid abuse. The study claims that psychedelic use was associated with a 27% reduction in opioid addiction over the past year.
Additionally, the substances have also been linked to a huge 40% reduction in opioid addiction. This research is supported by a previous study on a different substance, alcohol ...
A single dose of LSD against alcohol
In 2012, a meta-analysis suggests that LSD may be beneficial for people with heavy alcohol dependence. The study involved a total of six studies, in which 536 participants participated. The most interesting part? A single dose of LSD was associated with a decrease in alcohol abuse.
While the cannabis plant is often touted as a safer alternative to opioids, these psychedelic drugs seem to tackle addiction in a different way. Cannabis has direct pain relief effects and can improve mood and overall quality of life. Psychedelics like LSD and magic mushrooms, on the other hand, induce strong euphoric and spiritual experiences.
Is psychedelic therapy safe?
Unfortunately, the safety of psychedelics is a little questionable. For one thing, there is no way to be 100% sure of the quality of the psychedelic outside of a clinic… Even though there is a growing research on free psychedelic therapy that shows some promise. However, the products given to patients in the trials fall far short of what is commonly sold on the street. The materials used in a clinic are pharmaceutical grade.
So far, recent clinical trials on psilocybin have been found to be effective and well tolerated in the treatment of anxiety and depression associated with a cancer diagnosis. Ofother tests of a drug common to MDMA, have been shown to be effective against the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
In addition, the trials have so far been conducted in a very comfortable, safe and relaxed environment with trusted professionals on hand. Without professional help, consumers can face certain unusual risks when experimenting with these illicit substances ...