Psychology

Psychedelics… understanding… chronic pain

Living with chronic pain affects daily life and has social implications. Chronic pain can be associated with any disease that may be genetic, idiopathic, or traumatic.

These drugs may not help cure all types of pain as the same drugs cannot cure all diseases. However, in chronic pain disorders, the patient’s life is impaired as they cannot perform daily functions… psychedelic drugs may have the potential to be part of pain management treatments… psilocybin increases striatal dopamine (DA) release… the main site of action of psychedelic drugs are serotonin and dopaminergic receptors. Changes in these receptors impact cognition, perception, emotion, vision, and sense of body integrity…

Original Article (LA Times):
Psychedelics: their limited understanding and future in the treatment of chronic pain
Artwork Fair Use: Kenneth David Keele

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