#10. Drugs 101: Psychedelics – Prof. Bart Ellenbroek

The criminalization of multiple recreational drugs in the 1970s also led to a reduction in the research on them. Research on psychedelics (example, LSD and magic mushrooms) had previously shown to be beneficial in certain mental health treatments. In the past 20 years, clinical and pre-clinical research on psychedelics has picked up again. Professor Bart Ellenbroek, Head of the Behavioural Neurogenetics lab at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, joins us to give us an introduction on psychedelics drugs and what the most recent research on them suggests for the future of mental health.

Psychedelics are a subclass of hallucinogenic drugs whose primary effect is to trigger non-ordinary states of consciousness (known as psychedelic experiences or “trips”).

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