Technology workers’ use of psychedelic drugs in an attempt to boost productivity has been followed by more calls for medical testing and legalization. But psychedelic use is associated with delusions, psychosis, paranoia, and physical and mental harm that can be permanent.
Oregon’s recent legalization of psychedelics for medicinal use raises many questions about the sense (or lack thereof) in legalizing mind-altering drugs, even for medicinal purposes.
For those of us who follow the medical news, we may have heard whisperings about the use of psychedelic drugs for addressing mental health issues. This is a relatively new movement, or at the very least, it’s a new spin on the 1970s-era effort to create legitimacy for psychedelics in the field of mental health.