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Are Psychedelics the New Wonder Drug for Mental Illness and the Fear of Death?

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When it comes to medicine, many of us want immediate results. What if just one dose of medicine could dramatically shift your perception, decreasing anxiety, depression, fear of death, addictive tendencies, and so much more? It might sound too good to be true, but the therapeutic use of psychedelics is showing us it’s possible.

Now, I’m not talking about taking magic mushrooms at a Grateful Dead concert. The medicine used in psychedelic trials is created in a lab, carefully dosed for the patient, and administered in a specific setting with a trained guide who is present throughout the entire process. This highly controlled process can yield some pretty amazing results and we will be seeing much more science emerge on the safe use of psychedelics for a variety of disorders. This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Anthony Bossis joins me to elaborate on using psychedelics to expand our sensory abilities and relax our experience with death and illness. Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. conducts FDA-approved clinical trials in the reemerging field of psychedelic research. He is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine investigating the effects of psilocybin, a naturally occurring compound found in specific species of mushrooms.


Dr. Hyman is an 11-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician and international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. His podcast, The Doctor's Farmacy, is a place for deep conversations about the critical issues of our time in the space of health, wellness, food and politics. New episodes are released every Wednesday here on YouTube, and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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5 Comments on Are Psychedelics the New Wonder Drug for Mental Illness and the Fear of Death?

  1. Predictably looks like Jerry Garcia.

  2. atomiczombie22 // 17th April 2019 at 5:24 pm // Reply

    I’ve had Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for the last few months and it stopped all my intrusive negative thoughts and nightmares. Also helped me sleep. Works far better than any anti-depressant i’ve ever taken, and I’ve been on a slew of them since the 1980s. Today I’m off all my psych meds and feel better than I have in decades.

  3. Psychadelics are life savers for a lot of people. It definitely help me work through psychological trauma and get out of flight or flight mode 24/7.

  4. Wow, very powerful stuff. I am curious to see how this therapy will progress in treating folks with Depression and Anxiety.

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