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Classic psychedelic use reduced suicidal thinking, attempts

January 23, 2015

Classic psychedelic use may be associated with reduced psychological distress and suicidality, according to data recently published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

“Despite advances in mental health treatments, suicide rates generally have not declined in the past 60 years. Novel and potentially more effective interventions need to be explored,” researcher Peter S. Hendricks, PhD, assistant professor in the department of health behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a press release. “This study sets the stage for future research to test the efficacy of classic psychedelics in addressing suicidality as well as pathologies associated with increased suicide risk (eg, affective disturbance, addiction and impulsive-aggressive personality traits).”

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