Blog Focus: Hallucinogenic drugs in Modern Medicine and Mental Health
Distorted perceptions and an altered state of mind: two reasons why psychedelics have always attracted not only fascination, but also controversy for decades. A recent Perspective in Nature Reviews Neuroscience entitled The neurobiology of psychedelic drugs: implications for the treatment of mood disorders, by Franz Vollenweider & Michael Kometer explores why there is a renewed interest in the clinical potential of psychedelics for treating mental disorders, after nearly a 40 year gap in clinical experimentation. Anticipating a significant interest in this topic, Nature Publishing Group has made this manuscript freely accessible for 1 month. In addition, we offer a four-part series of essays by some of the best neuroscience bloggers to help you explore the literature and discuss the most important aspects:
1.) The secret history of psychedelic psychiatry by Moheb Costandi
2.) Serotonin, Psychedelics and Depression by Neuroskeptic
3.) Ketamine for Depression: Yea or Neigh? by The Neurocritic
4.) Visions of a psychedelic future by Vaughan Bell
I’m excited to bring you this collection since the format may serve as a useful spin-off of the more common strategy of blog post aggregation, the blog carnival. Focusing on very specific content and preparing complementary essays should (I hope!) inspire a dynamic discussion by exposing the reader to a variety of targeted content and perspective, so I encourage you to visit each blog and participate in the debate. If you have comments or suggestions regarding this “Blog Focus” strategy of organization, I welcome your feedback below!