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by Dr Ben Sessa
Last updated: February 2017
What are psychedelic drugs? Are
they simply dangerous drugs of abuse? Or sacramental tools used by
non-Western cultures for spiritual value?
Can they assist us in our study of human
consciousness and the physiology of the brain? Or treat
patients with unremitting mental health problems?
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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