There’s a growing acceptance of psychedelic substances.
While your friends might dose a mind-altering drug like psilocybin for fun, these substances are being used in clinical trials for therapeutic reasons.
What’s called psychedelic-assisted therapy is quickly moving through North America. It’s becoming a reliable option for people struggling with certain mental illnesses who no longer want to rely on pharmaceuticals.
If participating in clinical trials sounds interesting, keep reading to learn more.
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Before doctors can begin prescribing psychedelics, they must hold clinical trials first.
These trials let patients safely and legally dose different levels of MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, or other substances. A trained clinician will also look after patients
These trials are held in a controlled environment that helps patients feel at ease without any exterior burdens like noises, distracting visuals, etc.
Clinicians will also ask patients a series of questions to examine how their mind is reacting to the substance.
If this sounds interesting to you, be aware that only people with eligible conditions are allowed to participate.
Here’s a brief example of eligible factors from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
It’s worth noting that these trials are pretty tough to get into. Some doctors leading clinical trials for PTSD can only accept five people.
There are a ton of universities and research centers with detailed pages explaining how to participate in psychedelic-assisted clinical trials. One helpful source is the John Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research.
If you’re already aware of what these trials do and want to get your name on the list, visit clinicaltrials.gov. This source lists all current clinical trials that are either recruiting or getting ready to recruit. It also lists the following;
Although the recruiting process may be challenging, it’s worth a shot. This is especially true if you have an eligible condition and are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals and prescribed medications.
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