With more than a billion people living with mental health disorders and depression rates on the rise, it's hard to find effective treatments. However, psychedelic drugs have been used for centuries by different cultures for spiritual reasons and healing purposes. In addition, scientists have found medical uses for some of these substances - including marijuana, ketamine, ibogaine, psilocybin mushrooms, and MDMA - showing that they can be safely administered under medical supervision. To know more about how these psychedelic substances help, here is the list of few psychedelic drugs seen as potential ways to cure various mental illnesses.  

1. LSD 

LSD is 1 of many psychedelics drugs. Hallucinogens such as LSD cause hallucinations, delusions, and mood changes. A major misconception about LSD is that it makes people go crazy or act irrationally. It's pretty common for someone on LSD to be more communicative and happier than they usually are sober, which isn't much of an issue since they're hallucinating most of the time anyway.

2. Psilocybin mushrooms 

Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, are fungi that contain psilocybin, which is one of many psychedelics drugs. Psilocybin can have an effect on consciousness and has been used in therapeutic or religious contexts by Native Americans in North America and around the world. Studies have shown that it may be an effective treatment for anxiety related to cancer. The substance is not yet approved for use in people with cancer but has been shown to help with anxiety associated with depression or difficulty coping.

3. Ayahuasca

As with any drug, there are dangers. Heavy use of ayahuasca may lead to mental health problems, such as depression, panic attacks, mania, and psychosis. Other side effects include elevated heart rate and blood pressure; loss of appetite; nausea; vomiting; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth. Drinking ayahuasca during pregnancy or breastfeeding can lead to developmental difficulties in children later in life. Some people experience flashbacks after taking it, which is similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

4. MDMA (Ecstasy)

Ecstasy is commonly known as molly on the club and party scenes. MDMA is not considered addictive compared to other drugs, but it has short-term adverse side effects such as dehydration, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat.

5. DMT

DMT is also known as dimethyltryptamine. Dimethyltryptamine is not naturally occurring and only occurs during human metabolism when plants that contain DMT are broken down. It is found in some plants like Acacia, PsychotriaViridis, Mimosa hostilis, and Virola and particular animals like mammals, birds, fishes, insects.

6. Mescaline

Mescaline is an entheogen which means it causes people to experience religious and spiritual hallucinations and visions. Derived from peyote cactus, mescaline was first made famous in Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, where he wrote about his transcendental experiences with it.
 
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Bright Mind Bio focuses on researching these psychedelic substances and developing highly targeted serotonergic drugs that can help treat patients with various mental illnesses. To learn more about the company, or contact us directly through our website, visit https://brightmindsbio.com/.