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Scientists induce psychedelic-like experiences from a placebo alone

New research recently published in Psychopharmacology provides evidence that inert placebo pills can induce psychedelic-like effects, including perceptual alterations. The findings highlight the importance of expectations and context when ingesting psychedelic substances.

The researchers told the participants they were being given iprocin – a homologue of psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms – and that they would experience changes in consciousness over the 4-hour period. But all of the participants actually received a placebo… “several participants reported changes in experience greater than those associated with ingesting moderate or high doses of psilocybin or moderate doses of LSD,” …colleagues reported.

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Scientists induce psychedelic-like experiences from a placebo alone
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