Classic psychedelics could help with chronic pain
A new survey study carried out by The Beckley Foundation and Maastricht University has found that classic psychedelics, such as psilocybin and LSD, could have painkilling effects on select conditions including fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Chronic pain affects 20% of people across the world, yet current medications come with significant side effects such as addiction. Alongside problematic treatments are the mental health complications associated with chronic pain, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
While there are currently limited trials looking at psychedelics for chronic pain, there are some, including a trial being carried out at Imperial College London looking at the administration of psilocybin for fibromyalgia.
Additionally, a number of observational studies have pointed to psychedelics being beneficial in reducing chronic pain.READ MORE