Another article about psychedelics in the news, this time on BBC.

Psychedelic drug ‘hope for OCD’

In this study, the people taking the drug rated the hallucinogenic experience as “stressful” at some times but “psychologically and spiritually uplifting” – describing encounters with past lives, faraway planets, and communing with deities…

However Dr Paul Blenkiron, a consultant in adult psychiatry at Bootham Park Hospital, York, said: “I’m concerned that the study only measured effects up to 24 hours and OCD is a chronic condition, not measurable in hours and days, but months and years.

“About 12% of people can suffer flashbacks after less than 10 exposures [to psychedelics] many years later, beyond the six months of this study, so long term effects should be carefully assessed.”

However, he added: “If this substance was effective and had fewer side effects in severe treatment-resistant case, it would be an option.”

Please read the Mind Hacks reader comments about more information on the reported “12% of people who suffer flashbacks”.

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