We have the best evidence yet that psychedelic drugs can repair broken neural networks
They worked through a series of tests in both cultured cells and living animals, covering a variety of mind-altering drugs and different doses in rats, Drosophila (fruit flies), and zebrafish.
While the results varied across tests, across the study as a whole the psychedelics were shown to increase the number of dendrites, or branches between cells, as well as increasing the density of dendritic spines and synapses. These structures all play important roles in the brain’s communication channels. Even better, in some cases the ‘rewiring’ of the brain lasted longer than the effects of the drugs would normally be expected to.
Original Article (Science Alert):
We Have The Best Evidence Yet That Psychedelic Drugs Can Repair Broken Neural Networks
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