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

Submitted via IRC for AndyTheAbsurd

"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: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday July 04 2018, @11:54AM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday July 04 2018, @11:54AM (#702502)

    The legal status in the United States of DMT-containing plants is somewhat questionable.

    And that's the way law enforcement likes it: don't get it clearly defined black or white, if it falls on the legal side then it's no longer an excuse for arrest. As long as it's grey, they can completely screw up people's lives over it without ever having to go to trial.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by takyon on Wednesday July 04 2018, @12:08PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Wednesday July 04 2018, @12:08PM (#702509) Journal

    Don't worry, buddy. Just take this plea deal like 98% of the other defendants.

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