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“Can psychedelics have a role in psychiatry once again?”.
Br J Psychiatry. 2005 Jun 01;186:457-8.
Psychedelic or hallucinogenic drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 3,4,5- trimethoxy-b-phenethylamine (mescaline), psilocybin, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and their relations occur in abundance throughout the natural world, and have been used by humankind for thousands of years.
In some cultures they are important tools for spiritual experiences, whereas in others they are labelled as dangerous drugs of misuse. What is less well known about these substances is the role they played in psychiatry for a brief historical interval. This article offers a short overview of this period and questions whether interest in these compounds might be emerging again.
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