Psychedelics Make a Comeback in Treating End of Life Anxiety

Posted on April 25, 2012 by


What would you do if you were given six months to live and with each passing day you felt your world closing in around you, your options limited, your days relentlessly ticking by?

Would you drop acid?

You might if you were being treated by a really progressive psychiatrist. After transcendent experiences, those induced by LSD, ecstasy and psilocybin (mushrooms) people have much less fear of death. As discussed in the NY Times Magazine, researchers aren’t clear why hallucinogens reduce anxiety about mortality but the effects can last for weeks to months after the drug wears off. And this treatment seems to be catching on at major medical centers around the country.

The end of life might is, perhaps, the perfect time to explore an alternate reality.