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The 21st century psychedelic renaissance: heroic steps forward on the back of an elephant

Overview of attention for article published in Psychopharmacology, August 2017
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Title
The 21st century psychedelic renaissance: heroic steps forward on the back of an elephant
Published in
Psychopharmacology, August 2017
DOI 10.1007/s00213-017-4713-7
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Authors

Ben Sessa

Abstract

Given the plethora of new studies and published papers in the scientific press and the increasingly emerging presence of articles about positive psychedelic experiences appearing in the popular media, there is little doubt that we are in the midst of a Psychedelic Renaissance. The classical psychedelic drugs LSD and psilocybin and the entactogen MDMA are showing promise as tools to assist psychotherapy for a wide range of mental disorders, with multiple pilot studies demonstrating their safety and efficacy. In this article, the author describes how MDMA in particular has inherent characteristics that make it well suited for assisting trauma-focused psychotherapy in a population of patients who have experienced child abuse. But despite these advances, there remain many obstacles ahead of the widespread mainstream acceptance of psychedelic medicines. The author argues that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is one such obstacle. Other impediments include a prevailing attitude of pseudoscience and rigidity from within the non-scientific psychedelic community itself. Resolution of these conflicts must be sought if medicine and society are to see psychedelics gaining a place in mainstream culture and science.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 58 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 9 16%
Student > Bachelor 9 16%
Researcher 8 14%
Other 8 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 14%
Other 16 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 17 29%
Unspecified 11 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 17%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 9%
Neuroscience 4 7%
Other 11 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 24. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 June 2019.
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