Could these psychedelic drugs be making the trip to a B.C. doctor's office near you? (Dr. Evan Wood)
A trip to the doctor’s office could someday mean a trip inside the doctor’s office, if researchers calling for further study into the use of psychedelics for treating illness get their way.
Dr. Evan Wood, co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is one of four medical researchers behind an analysis published Tuesday focusing on the resurgence of research into psychedelic substances for treating illnesses, including addiction, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Wood said that while motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy can lead to change in a patient, the use of psychedelics can bring about a “transformative spiritual experience” and a new level of insight where those traditional methods come up short.
Nick Eagland reports.