Psychedelic revival: Exploring the therapeutic possibilities of hallucinogens

It used to be associated with the 1960s and flower power, but microdosing has lately become a trend in Silicon Valley and increasing numbers of people are using psilocybin to self-treat mental illnesses. However, while the evidence provides grounds for optimism, the jury is still out on how safe and effective psychedelics really are

2nd January, 2022
Psychedelic revival: Exploring the therapeutic possibilities of hallucinogens
Microdosing with hallucinogens for theraputic purposes has lately become a trend in Silicon Valley, but the jury is still out on how safe and effective psychedelics really are. Picture: Getty

Sarah was unsure what to expect when she arrived at a psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands last month. She had been through years of counselling, but was now trying a less conventional therapeutic route. “I was dealing with quite a bit of residual trauma from the past,” she says. “Therapy had been a big help, but there was still this low-level anxiety that seemed impossible to shake.”

Then she discovered a...

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