Could an Amazonian Psychedelic Treat Depression? (Study)

Could an Amazonian Psychedelic Treat Depression? (Study)

Although antidepressants can relieve symptoms in many people with the disorder, an estimated 10–30 percent do not respond to standard antidepressants. For this reason, medical researchers are eagerly testing both novel and known compounds in the search for more effective medicines for treatment-resistant depression - most recently, the psychedelic drug ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is used for both spiritual and healing purposes by the indigenous people of the Amazon basin. The drug is most often made by mixing two plants: Psychotria Viridis , which contains a psychedelic called N, N-dimethyltryptamine; and Banisteriopsis caapi , which contains a reversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor, a type of chemical that...

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