Easing end-of-life anxiety with psychedelic drugs

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Easing end-of-life anxiety with psychedelic drugs

Only just recently, the interest in mind-altering drugs like psilocybin and LSD for clinical use has been revived. Those substances acquired a bad reputation in the early 1960s when the psychologists

Only just recently, the interest in mind-altering drugs like psilocybin and LSD for clinical use has been revived. Those substances acquired a bad reputation in the early 1960s when the psychologists Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert unleashed their "turn on, tune in" philosophy on a youth and culture, that was keen on trying the new miracle drugs, but was not prepared on the effects those psychedelics induce. Consequently, those psychedelic substances were banned in 1970 and any research regarding their potential benefits was put to a halt.

Recent studies revealed, that psychotropic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin are a great help with anxiety, stress, PTSD and pain caused by advanced cancer. Dispensing of a dose of psilocybin under supervision of a doctor and in a controlled environment - Dr. Leary would probably suggest Persian carpets, sitar music and plush sofas - can greatly and durably change the patients outlook, even was facing lethal illness, due to the peace, optimism, feeling of well-being and euphoria they experienced during the procedure. Some doctors and psychologists specialized in palliative care suggest that the use of mind-altering drugs could help providing what they call a "good death", a demise free of anxiety, stress and end-of-life-pain.

Are psychedelics and their potential benefits worth a second look from the medical profession? If it would help ease passing away, would you welcome a mind-expanding and altering experience?