Psychedelics Live Up to Early Promise

Mind-bending drugs are helping more people recover from disabling mental disorders.

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A decade ago, Discover explored psychedelics’ potential to heal treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions. The May 2008 story, “Acid Test,” described the efforts of Charles Grob and a handful of other scientists to revitalize research on hallucinogens’ mind-altering properties to restore mental health. Evidence from the 1950s and ’60s suggested hallucinogen-induced mystical experiences could jump-start recovery from substance abuse and alleviate end-of-life angs...
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