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(Nature)   How ecstasy and psilocybin are shaking up psychiatry. For starters, *YOU* try sitting still on a couch and holding a coherent conversation when you're rolling balls   (nature.com) divider line
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2021-01-28 8:21:02 AM  
The sunset is melting and all I want to do is hug it!! *blows whistle, chugs bottle of water*
 
2021-01-28 8:27:59 AM  
Where's the Techno music?   Somebody throw on some Orbital so i can dance!
 
2021-01-28 8:40:52 AM  
All those drugs were illegal most of my life. I did not experiment with drugs as much as I was into full-scale research. I watched friends go to court and have criminal records for ecstasy/molly, LSD, mushrooms, Ketamine, DMT.  Old enough to remember MDMA being considered for psychological and psychiatric use in Texas during early days, and DEA clamped that down at the state level.... HARD! With long federal sentences for trafficking.

Now that their might be some therapeutic value from "micro-dosing" for depression, and because pharmaceutical industry is poised to make some serious coin;  I fully expect all these to become available at the right price.

Exactly same with state-controlled and taxed weed, it's not like we really "won the war on drugs"; it's more like the people that had been arresting people began to discover there was more money in selling and controlling drugs, than there was in trying to prevent drugs.*

*Warning: Property seizure laws may still apply.
 
2021-01-28 10:17:50 AM  
Around 20 years ago my mother was killed in a drunk driving accident.  I'd been having panic attacks and just generally not feeling to great after that.

Even though I was apprehensive about rolling again we decided to all do it one night. I just didn't want to lose the feeling I had for my mom, I thought if that awful feeling went away, I'd lose her too. But I finally relented and went ahead and took a couple pills.

It probably saved my life. I could have easily went further and further into PTSD and mental health problems that go along with that, but instead I felt all my friends love and talked about all of it for hours and hours, danced, smoke drank. Had the best time.  I don't really have any direct concrete memories of what was said, but ever since that night I can watch a movie with a car accident or a lot of blood without my body temp rising so much, causing me to sweat and then calming down after 10-15 minutes and freezing because my clothes are drenched.  I spent half of Kill Bill in the bathroom of the movie theater running cold water on my wrists trying anything to cool my self off and be able to breath again.

I can only imagine how much better it could have worked with professionals instead of a bunch of Okie kids just trying to get by.  But I'll always be thankful for that night.
 
2021-01-28 10:24:10 AM  
Therapy.

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2021-01-28 10:43:50 AM  
There are definitely shady providers working in this space.
 
2021-01-28 10:46:44 AM  
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2021-01-28 10:50:25 AM  
I was married for 17 years and have two amazing kids.  In June 2019, my wife and I bought our first house.  In October 2019 she told me she wanted a divorce, she wanted to be independent, and start her life over.  In November 2019 I discovered the truth that she had fallen in love with another man.  From November 2019 to November 2020, I had to share a home with my estranged wife and my kids, all of us knowing the truth and with her not being home 3-4 nights a week.  We all struggled immensely.  I dug myself into a hole, and while I was still their to support my kids, I struggled every single day in my own head.  I later described it to someone as living a life that had no taste.  I merely just existed, and never looked forward to everything.  I was mired in the past, and could not break out of this rut.  It didn't help that lock down started shortly after.  Around January 2020, it was suggested by a close friend to try mushrooms.  The last time I had done them was probably 20 years prior.  After much deliberation I decided I was gonna do it again.  That night, I was on my way to do it again for the first time in a long time, and I got into a single car crash.  I came around a blind turn, and hit a parked car.  My head smacked the windshield.  Unbelievably I was able to walk away with just some superficial scratches.  In March, I was offered the option to take mushrooms again.  I went on a long hike with my friend and had an unbelievable liberating experience.  I did it 3 more times, typically a few months from the last time, but each time it's like a reset for me.  It allows me to get out of my past, and to break the cycle of negative thinking.  It allowed me to be the best parent I can be again, and it allowed me to move on from a relationship that didn't exist anymore, it allowed me to taste life again.  I know these experiences with Psilocybin are the reason I am where I am today.  I have met a new woman, I have reconnected with old friends and my relationship with my children has improved 10 fold.

Although it wasn't a clinical setting, it was precisely what I needed, and reading this article today, gives me hope, that other people can receive a treatment that will actually help them.
 
2021-01-28 11:20:01 AM  

sje1978: I was married for 17 years and have two amazing kids.  In June 2019, my wife and I bought our first house.  In October 2019 she told me she wanted a divorce, she wanted to be independent, and start her life over.  In November 2019 I discovered the truth that she had fallen in love with another man.  From November 2019 to November 2020, I had to share a home with my estranged wife and my kids, all of us knowing the truth and with her not being home 3-4 nights a week.  We all struggled immensely.  I dug myself into a hole, and while I was still their to support my kids, I struggled every single day in my own head.  I later described it to someone as living a life that had no taste.  I merely just existed, and never looked forward to everything.  I was mired in the past, and could not break out of this rut.  It didn't help that lock down started shortly after.  Around January 2020, it was suggested by a close friend to try mushrooms.  The last time I had done them was probably 20 years prior.  After much deliberation I decided I was gonna do it again.  That night, I was on my way to do it again for the first time in a long time, and I got into a single car crash.  I came around a blind turn, and hit a parked car.  My head smacked the windshield.  Unbelievably I was able to walk away with just some superficial scratches.  In March, I was offered the option to take mushrooms again.  I went on a long hike with my friend and had an unbelievable liberating experience.  I did it 3 more times, typically a few months from the last time, but each time it's like a reset for me.  It allows me to get out of my past, and to break the cycle of negative thinking.  It allowed me to be the best parent I can be again, and it allowed me to move on from a relationship that didn't exist anymore, it allowed me to taste life again.  I know these experiences with Psilocybin are the reason I am where I am today.  I have met a new woman, I have reconnected with old friends and my relationship w ...


God damn that's a nightmare scenario. Really glad to hear it seems to be moving into a happy ending.
 
2021-01-28 11:59:06 AM  
i think i got the record for bad trip on shrooms.

so around 18y/o decide to drop shrooms one day with friends i was feeling "under the weather" and itchy said o well might cheer me up.

turns out i had chickenpox, i was hearing the pimples pop and ooze stuff and saw them grow bigger by the hour. I live with my mom would not recommend. (still not sure if the noise was real or not it was to me at the time doh. )
 
2021-01-28 12:12:16 PM  
I used to get wacked out on mdma and play Tony hawk and Siphon Filter.
 
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