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posted by mrpg on Wednesday July 04 2018, @06:19AM   Printer-friendly
from the smoking-is-bad dept.

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"Leon" is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog, in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a mental illness that affects some 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Leon is among the roughly 30 percent of those patients with treatment-resistant depression. Available antidepressant drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors do not alleviate his depressed mood, fatigue, anxiety, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.

A new study may offer hope for Leon and others like him.

Our team of Brazilian scientists has conducted the first randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of ayahuasca – a psychedelic drink made of Amazonian plants. The results, recently published in the journal Psychological Medicine, suggest that ayahuasca can work for hard-to-treat depression.

Source: Amazonian psychedelic may ease severe depression, new study shows

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 04 2018, @08:05AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 04 2018, @08:05AM (#702431)

    You seem to be mistaken, it is not the religion of the conservatives that allow for it, no conflicts there.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday July 04 2018, @08:17AM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday July 04 2018, @08:17AM (#702435) Journal

    Just a "funny" joke added after a long blockquote.

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Arik on Wednesday July 04 2018, @08:23AM

      by Arik (4543) on Wednesday July 04 2018, @08:23AM (#702440) Journal
      That's not really a joke. The Revelation of St John the 'shroom 'ead is a pretty key text of Christianity. Made it into the Canon and all that.
      If laughter is the best medicine, who are the best doctors?