Despite their classification as Schedule I substances, scientists and psychologists (and famously the C.I.A.) have conducted studies on psychedelics for decades. The therapeutic use of psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin, or magic mushrooms, has been a focal point of this research to understand whether psychedelic-based psychotherapies can treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. But researchers are also interested in understanding how psychedelics generally impact human psychology– even in healthy individuals.

Yet, despite the encouraging and compelling findings that psychedelic studies yield, the mainstream attitude toward psychedelics hasn’t changed. Medical and therapeutic treatments involving LSD or magic mushrooms are not the subject of debates at the legislative level, unlike cannabis. Psychedelics and their use remain at the margins, and the communities of “psychonauts” committed to psychedelic mysticism strike most as fringe. But a new, pioneering study titled “Predicting Responses to Psychedelics: A Prospective Study,” could change everything. Published Friday in the scientific journal Frontiers of Pharmacology, a team of U.K. and U.S. researchers say their study shows direct links between the use of psychedelics and increased psychological well-being.

Groundbreaking Study Says Using Psychedelics Increases One’s Sense of Well-Being

Most people who have experimented with psychedelics, or those use them

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