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mental health mondays :: but you knew this already

well it's [sort of] official! scientists have recently been coming out in favour of increased research on drugs like lsd and ketamine because of the standing evidence that they are effective in fighting mental disorders.

but chances are that if you've been following mental health mondays, this isn't news to you.

here's an article on a british study on lsd and its efficacy in fighting addiction.

and here's a piece on the man who headed that study, talking about about how lsd can potentially aid the terminally ill.

the atlantic also had a piece on how psychedelic drugs are not linked to mental problems, as people long suspected that they were.  

of course, you may think that this sounds familiar, because, of course, this is a subject that's been covered here on mental health mondays on a few different occasions:

here's a piece that talks about studies done on psychedelics, particularly lsd.

and here's a post about the potential uses about party drug ketamine.[and another.]

plus there's the ever-popular post about how crystal meth may be a panacea for adhd.

the continued popularity of these posts [among the most popular in the entire history of more like space] shows me that people are interested in the topic. some of those might just be folks who want an argument for legalizing their preferred intoxicant, but i firmly believe that there is no reason to separate intoxicants from medicinal drugs on a prima facie basis. after all, red wine is an intoxicant, but also has some significant health benefits. the fact is that all drugs have many different effects and there is no drug that should be dismissed as merely an intoxicant before its potential medicinal value has been evaluated. [oh, and in case you're trying to think of examples of drugs that have no medicinal value, here's a slightly older article on the benefits of several "party" drugs, including cocaine, which may have a beneficial effect on intestinal flora. so there.]

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