People who understand the effectiveness of psilocybin have thought it important to have a tutor who has given up the therapy

People who understand the effectiveness of psilocybin have thought it important to have a tutor who  ...

According to a new study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, people with depressive symptoms appear to think it is relatively important that psychotherapists have personally used the psychoactive substance themselves.

Psilocybin, combined with psychotherapy in a controlled environment, has shown its potential in the treatment of various mental health issues, including depression. One aspect of the therapy that has received relatively little attention is the use of guides, skilled professionals who enrich the psychedelic experience.

It is possible that having a guide who had previously used psilocybin might be beneficial to clients. For example, a previous study found that researchers who admitted to personally using psychedelic substances are generally perceived as having less integrity. However, it is also possible that clients would benefit having a guide who has also experienced what theyre experiencing during a psychedelic session.

Mitch Earleywine, a psychology professor at Albany, told PsyPost that he was partially inspired to conduct the new research based on his own personal experience. I sent a client to the local ketamine clinic, which has a very friendly physician in charge. She seemed a little dreadingreading. Then she discovered that some of the psychiatrists are encouraged to have a psychedelic journey before they encounter someone else.

Between December 5, 2020 and January 13, 2021, 803 people were recruited from Amazon''s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform, which had at least mild depressive symptoms, according to the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale.

Participants studied several paragraphs describing the therapy of depression. After receiving feedback, they decided to consider: If you were depressed and wanted to try this therapy, what was most important to them: experience taking psilocybin in this kind of setting (with eyeshades and music, etc.)? Experience taking psilocybin in this kind of setting more than once? The same gender identity as you, or the same race as you? A 100-point sliding scale was applied to all levels.

The participants read several paragraphs describing cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression before finishing a similar assessment.

On average, the importance of having a guide who had used psilocybin was rated at 63.79. People surveyed found having a guide who had used psilocybin as more important than having a guide or CBT therapist who had experienced depression.

People who hear psilocybin-assisted treatment for depression consider having a psychiatrist who has also used it, according to PsyPost. In fact, they believe that it is more important than having a psychedelic psychiatrist who has experienced depression, or has previously shared their gender or ethnicity. Therefore, training programs for psychedelic instructors would likely be beneficial if they included a psilocybin session. We should probably simplify the process as well.

In many parts of the world, the substance is unlawful. Psilocybin is currently a Schedule I substance in the United States and a Schedule III substance in Canada.

People tend to desire a mentor who has used psilocybin before using it, according to Earleywine. The legal implications of getting psychedelics for those who are training to be guides are likely to be in jeopardy with client preferences! The higher the probability that the treatment may be used, the more likely.

Earleywine said the authors that any study that administers psilocybin in the lab should closely monitor participants. (One turned away 800 people to get their trial off the ground!)

Mitch Earleywine, Fiona Low, Brianna R. Altman, and Joseph De Leo have authored a study.

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