University of California researchers have observed that psychedelics like LSD and MDMA can rewire the brain—and trigger the growth of new branches between brain cells—long after the drugs’ other effects have worn off. Dr David Olson, one of the study’s authors and lead researcher, notes that during cases of depression (as well as anxiety, PTSD and more) neurites in the prefrontal cortex of the brain tend to shrivel. Psychedelics have been acting as a counter to this. Olson and his team have been trialling everything from DMT to ketamine and what they’re discovering might be clues to treating mental illnesses and achieving mental health. Read more at the Independent.
Psychedelics Could Repair Brain Cells “Shriveled” by Depression