Exploring the placebo effect in psychedelic studies
The placebo effect is the mysterious power our minds have to make us feel better, even when we are taking just a sugar pill instead of real medicine.
Several studies have shown that this effect is a legitimate biopsychosocial phenomenon that is an integral part of the overall treatment response.
Research has found that the placebo effects can be as strong as the effect of the actual medicine in randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
Using a placebo in psychedelic studies is a challenge. It is very obvious to the recipient who receives a placebo versus a psychedelic.
And placebo effects have been shown to be enhanced by the setting of the psychedelic study.READ MORE