Psychedelic drugs and mental illness: what nurses need to know
Interest in the use of psychedelic drugs combined with other therapies in the treatment of mental illness is growing, but experts stress the need for caution
Growing interest in the use of psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness is reflected in trials being held across the world. And this year Australia become the first country in the world to legalise their use as a mental health treatment.
Here we look at what the evidence shows and what those working with patients need to know.
What are psychedelic drugs?
Psychedelic drugs, also known as hallucinogens, affect a person’s mind by altering perception, mood and thoughts.
Many psychedelic drugs are found in nature, in fungi, cacti and