Recent Study Finds Psychedelic Drugs Can Change Your Brain Structure Over Time

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There are many kinds of psychedelic drugs – LSD, “magic mushrooms”, mescaline, Ayahuasca, MDMA (ecstasy), Salvia, and PCP, to name a few. Psychedelic drugs have been around for many years and have been used medicinally and recreationally all around the world. For example, scientists have found that LSD can assist with treatment for depression, addiction, and other mental concerns; “magic mushrooms” have been shown to help individuals with depression. Despite many favors towards psychedelic drugs becoming more popularized medicinally, there are yet many concerns with these drugs as they have been made illegal for many years.

As stated on Time Magazine, nobody truly understands exactly what psychedelics are capable of doing to a person – but research is starting to catch up, and scientists are saying they can change your brain structure and behavior over time. A 2015 study published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology conducted brain imaging analysis on 22 regular users of psychedelic drugs; the researchers were aiming to find any structural changes in brain tissue and/or thought processes leading to behavior. Results from the study revealed that psychedelic use could potentially lead to structural areas in the brain that directly affect attentional processes (judging, imaging, remembering), self-referential thought (relating information from the outside to oneself), and internal mentation (spontaneous thoughts).

Many psychedelics directly affect serotonin receptors in the brain, often with a person’s senses being altered. For example, if a person is using psychedelic drugs, they may experience hallucinations (hearing or see things that aren’t really there), intensified feelings and sensory experiences, changes in sense or perception of time, and more. Physical effects may include increased energy and heart rate as well as nausea. As stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), long-term use of psychedelics could lead to persistent visual disturbances, disorganized thinking, paranoia, mood disturbances, and more.

Not enough research has been conducted to prove it safe for everyone to utilize psychedelics to treat various conditions. If you’ve been struggling with a mental illness and addiction, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about programs that could best suit your needs.

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