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by Dr Ben Sessa
Last updated: February 2019
What are psychedelic drugs? Are
they simply drugs of abuse? Can they be used to treat patients
with unremitting mental health problems? Can they assist us in our
study of human consciousness and the physiology of the
brain? Or could they be considered sacramental tools used by
non-Western cultures for spiritual value?
Psychedelics have a controversial history and
the subject has always been divisive. This module will look
objectively and scientifically at the relative risks and benefits
of psychedelic drugs in order to:
We will look at the development of these drugs
within the profession of psychiatry, including:
their meteoric rise in the 1950s
their fall in the 1960s
the hiatus of the last 40 years
the re-emergence of interest in psychedelics in
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