Are Hallucinogenics The Future Of Mental Health Treatment?

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:27pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:33pm
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Psychedelic drugs tend to fit into a very clear niche in American culture.

Stories about Timothy Leary, LSD and bad trips have dominated the narrative when most think of psychedelia. But, recently, scientists have been doing a lot more research into whether use of the drugs can help people dealing with mental illness or physical ailments.

Earlier this month, voters in Denver decided to decriminalize the use of psilocybin mushrooms — popularly known as magic mushrooms.

Author Michael Pollan explored the broader topic in his book, "How To Change Your Mind: What The New Science Of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression And Transcendence."

He's visiting the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a conversation on the subject. The Show reached out to talk about this growing field of study.

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