Recent psychedelic research has led to significant breakthroughs in the field. The substances have been found to be useful in treating various mental health conditions such as depression as well as addiction. Additionally, new research has found that psilocybin, which is the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is useful in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (“OCD”).
There are three studies looking into the use of psilocybin to decrease the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. While each study is using different treatment techniques, the evidence they’ve uncovered may be crucial in helping researchers understand the therapeutic mechanism behind psychedelic drugs.
Generally, OCD is characterized by a failure to release or surrender control, which is the opposite of what a full psychedelic experience demands. A comedian based in L.A., Adam Strauss, stated that individuals who suffer from OCD usually try to control their experiences in a way that becomes painful and counterproductive. Strauss used psychedelics to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder.
He explained that his experimentation with low and moderate psychedelic doses led him to the discovery that higher doses of hallucinogenic mushrooms were the most efficacious at providing him with the most therapeutic value, which allowed him to let go.
Strauss got the idea to treat his obsessive-compulsive disorder with psychedelics from a study that was published in the “Journal of Clinical Psychiatry” in 2006. In the study, nine patients had psilocybin administered to them roughly four times each, at doses which ranged from very low to hallucinogenic. All patients exhibited immediate improvement in their symptoms of OCD after a single session. The drug that was used during the study was also found to be well tolerated and safe.
Of the three current studies, the first is being led by Professor Francisco Moreno, from the psychiatry department of the University of Arizona. He happens to be the same researcher who led the aforementioned 2006 study. In an email, Moreno noted that his study, which had been launched in 2017, was affected by the 2020 pandemic but would be resuming soon.
Of the other two studies, one is being conducted by Benjamin Kelmendi, a principal researcher from Yale University. Kelmendi, who is an assistant professor of psychiatry, stated that the study would resume after a nine-month period, with projections showing that it may be completed in early 2022. Similar to Moreno’s study, Kelmendi’s study will measure the effects of psilocybin and compare those effects to clinical outcomes for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The third study, which will focus on OCD and psilocybin, is being led by David Nutt, a psychedelic researcher from the Center for Psychedelic Research at the Imperial College London.
As more studies unearth the therapeutic abilities of psychedelics, many companies will need to get involved to bring the needed drug formulations to market. XPhyto Therapeutics Corp. (CSE: XPHY) (OTCQB: XPHYF) (FSE: 4XT) is already hard at work studying ways to integrate psychedelic active pharmaceutical ingredients into existing clinical programs that are aimed at addressing the unmet mental health treatment needs around the world.
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