Why is tripping trending in medicine again?
A source of spiritual and medicinal healing for millennia, psychedelics were embraced by scientists in the 1950s before been banned throughout most of the world because of their recreational (mis)use and association with the counterculture in the free-living sixties.
Decades later, researchers at John Hopkins University in the USA demonstrated that psilocybin, aka magic mushrooms, had positive effects sparking a renewal of psychedelic research world-wide. Currently, psilocybin research offers therapeutic hope in the management of many medical conditions such as cancer-related psychiatric distress, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
From psilocybin to MDMA (or mushies to molly), take a trip into the world of hallucinogens as scientific researchers reveal insights from trials around the world including Australia’s first psilocybin clinical trial. The results are astounding!
Released online 24 March, 2021 at 9am
Margaret Ross is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, working in the Psychosocial Cancer Care and Palliative Medicine Departments. She has worked as a research fellow at...View Profile
Olivia Carter is a Professor at the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. She completed a PhD in neuroscience at The University of Queensland exploring the effects of hallucinogenic...View Profile
Paul Liknaitzky works as a Research Fellow at Monash University, and has Adjunct or Honorary appointments at St Vincent’s Hospital, Macquarie University, Deakin University, and the University of Melbourne. He...View Profile
Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Working with psychedelics since 2004, he is one of the most world’s most widely published experts on psychedelics....View Profile
Tegan Taylor is co-host of the ABC’s multi-award-winning Coronacast and a health and science journalist in the ABC Science Unit, where she reports on topics from health fads to moonquakes...View Profile
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