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Shrooms can heal the psychological scars caused by racism, study finds

Could magic mushrooms heal South Africans with racial trauma? Based on a new study, the answer is yes

Cape Town bureau chief

Could magic mushrooms heal South Africans with racial trauma? Based on a new study in North America, the answer could be yes.

A single positive experience on a psychedelic drug such as psilocybin (mushrooms), LSD or MDMA (ecstasy) lowered stress, depression and anxiety in black people who had experienced racial trauma, according to findings published in the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687637.2020.1854688).

“Their experience with psychedelic drugs was so powerful that they could recall and report on changes in symptoms from racial trauma that they had experienced in their lives, and they remembered it having a significant reduction in their mental health problems afterward,” said joint lead author Alan Davis, of Ohio State University...

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