Psychedelics belong to a class of drugs called hallucinogens. Different hallucinogens have shown with the combination of therapy to help improve the quality of life for people dealing with treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and more.
WHAT HALLUCINOGENS ARE USED AROUND THE WORLD
Hallucinogens are categorized into two major groups: Dissociative Drugs and Classic Hallucinogens. Both types are known to cause hallucinations, however, dissociatives often create an out-of-body experience, whereas classical hallucinogens can create more visual hallucinations.
Example of a Classical Hallucinogen:
Made from lysergic acid and found in a fungus that grows on rye, LSD is one of the most powerful chemicals when it comes to hallucinations. The hallucinogenic drug is known for its ability to alter the perception of time and reality. Some studies show that the hallucinogen reduces the need to maintain control and allows users to feel a sense of freedom.
Example of a Dissociative Drug:
Most commonly used as an anesthetic for surgical procedures, Ketamine has become a major resource by helping people combat depression, anxiety, and PTSD. The drug is typically given through an IV treatment.
HOW DO HALLUCINOGENS PAIR WITH THERAPY
Different psychedelic substances cause a variety of different reactions when paired with a therapeutic setting. Most commonly, hallucinogens help activate a different way of perceiving that depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and negative emotions. Psychedelic therapy studies have shown to help improve a sense of well-being, providing temporary and sometimes long-lasting relief from overwhelming thoughts and emotions.
LEGAL USAGE IN THE USA
Hallucinogens are not legal in the United States for recreational use. As helpful as these drugs can be, it’s important that dosages are monitored and properly given to prevent health risks.
Ketamine under proper medical supervision, is the only dissociative medicine currently legally available. Due to its properties, ketamine treatments are often given via IV after a detailed consultation.
Are you or a loved one curious about ketamine treatments and integrative psychiatry? Have you tried other treatments to deal with your emotions and found yourself spiraling towards unwanted and unhealthy thoughts? Contact us to learn more about how these treatments may help improve your quality of life.