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The journal Chronic Stress recently published a new study stating that psychedelics seem to correlate with a decrease in racial trauma symptoms for people of color.
It must be said that researchers quickly prefaced the study by explaining how psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA do not help nor address underlying systemic issues that result in racial trauma. However, those who’ve experienced these tragic encounters might find relief from symptoms like anxiety or depression with help from psychedelics.
People of color are often left out and underrepresented by studies about substances and their effects, enhancing the importance of exploring these possible correlations.
During the study, 313 people of color measured ethnic discrimination, psychedelic experiences, psychological insights, and mystical experiences. 37% used psilocybin, 36% used LSD, and 27% used MDMA.
The study’s short-term effects from psychedelics were said to be “significantly associated with decreases in [racial trauma] symptoms,” the researchers stated. “Increases in psychological flexibility partially mediated relationships between the greater intensity of psychological insight and less intensity of challenging experiences and decreases in [racial trauma] symptoms.”
Authors and researchers do not suggest that taking psychedelics will impact the systemic issues that contribute to racial trauma, but the aftermath and effects of such difficulties.
The study stems from the burgeoning psychedelic movement that continues to gain traction at the local, state, and federal levels. On Monday, lawmakers approved to designate September as Entheogenic Plants and Fungi Awareness Month officially.
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