Psychedelics derived from plants and fungi have been used since ancient times for religious and medicinal use. They are a diverse group of hallucinogens which alter awareness, mood, and emotions. Early research has indicated that hallucinogens affect brain chemistry and signaling and may affect serotonin, which in turn, can affect sleep, hunger, sensory perception, and mood.
There are 2 types of hallucinogens: classic (e.g., LSD, psilocybin, DMT) and dissociative (e.g., PCP, ketamine, and dextromethorphan). Naturally derived and synthetic forms of both types of hallucinogens are currently being explored as therapeutics for depression, anxiety, alcohol and nicotine addiction, OCD, and obesity.
Despite the long history of human use of hallucinogens, there is surprisingly little controlled clinical research to aid in our understanding of the benefits and risks of psychedelics for the treatment of CNS disorders.
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