Psychedelic therapy

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Psychedelic therapy refers to therapeutic practices involving the use of psychedelic drugs, particularly serotonergic psychedelics such as LSD, psilocybin, DMT, and 2C-B, primarily to assist psychotherapy. As an alternative to synonyms such as "hallucinogen", "entheogen", "psychotomimetic" and other functionally constructed names, the use of the term psychedelic ("mind-manifesting") emphasizes that those who use these drugs as part of a therapeutic practice believe these drugs can facilitate beneficial exploration of the psyche.

A small number of therapists continue to use MDMA in therapy despite its illegal status.[1]

List of substances researched in psychedelic therapy

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  1. Levy, Enno Freye ; in collaboration with Joseph V. (2009). Pharmacology and abuse of cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy and related designer drugs a comprehensive review on their mode of action, treatment of abuse and intoxication (Online-Ausg. ed.). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. p. 152. ISBN 9789048124480. 
  2. Naranjo, C.; Shulgin, A. T.; Sargent, T. (1967). "Evaluation of 3, 4-methylenedioxeamphetamine (MDA) as an adjunct to psychotherapy". Pharmacology. 17 (4): 359–364. doi:10.1159/000137100. 
  3. Yensen, R.; Di Leo, F. B.; Rhead, J. C.; Richards, W. A.; Soskin, R. A.; Turek, B.; Kurland, A. A. (1976). "MDA-assisted psychotherapy with neurotic outpatients: a pilot study". The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 163 (4): 233–245. doi:10.1097/00005053-197610000-00002. PMID 972325.