How Do Psychedelics Work? Johns Hopkins Researcher Dr. Fred Barrett on the Success of PsychedelicTreatment
One of the most promising — and controversial — fields of research in the realm of mental and physical health is that of psychedelic treatment. Over the past decades, we’ve witnessed a gradual change in the public perception of psychedelics, as they’ve gone from dangerous and illegal drugs to promising substances that can be profoundly helpful for treating mental illness. But there are still plenty of questions, like how do psychedelics work? Are they safe? Who can they help? It’s a huge topic that touches psychology, neurology, integrative and conventional medicine, and federal regulations, among other areas, so it was important that we explore it with one of the foremost experts on psychedelics. Dr. Fred Barrett, cognitive neuroscientist and director of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University, joined Adrienne to talk about how psychedelics work, the research behind psychedelic treatment, LSD and psilocybin benefits, and more.