Hallucinogens Effective For Therapeutic

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Hallucinogens effective for Therapeutic in Addiction Treatment

Hallucinogens are drugs that produce hallucinations which produce distortions in a person’s perception of reality. Although, hallucinogens do pose a danger to both our body and mind there is a positive side to hallucinogens for therapeutic uses. The focus will be on three hallucinogens which are LSD, Psilocybin and Ibogaine therapy for their effectiveness for therapeutic uses for addictions to alcohol, smoking cessations etc.
LSD is a hallucinogen that can alter and distort an individual senses. It was originally deprived from a fungus called “ergot”. Pure LSD is a white, odourless, and slightly bitter crystalline powder that can dissolve in water and be taken by mouth or
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Research on Ibogaine as a treatment for addiction started in New York City in 1962 by Howard Lotsof.
Ibogaine doses ranging from 0.14 to 19mg/kg were given to heroin-dependent group and they experienced an unexpected elimination of the physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal. In 1980, Lotsof received a US patent for using Ibogaine in opioid dependence and many countries like, France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovinia,, Panama, Mexica, Canada and South Africa used Ibogaine in nonmedical settings (Alper, 2007). Ibogain is used to reduce or eliminate the addiction to opioids, and to alleviate the symptoms of opioids withdrawal. It is also used in treating dependence on cocaine, and other stimulants, alcohol, nicotine, and polysubstance abuse (Bastiaans, 2004).
Experiences of patients who are treated with Ibogaine consist of three stages: acute, evaluative and residual stimulation. Acute phase starts within an hour of taking the ibogaine, their physical changes, and patients lose coordination and feel the need to lie down. It relates to visual experiences like dreams rather than hallucination and visual experiences ranges from autobiographical, life narratives, themes relating to prehistory and evolution and sometimes surreal or comical cartoon like images. But visual phenomenon from Ibogaine varies due to doses and they cannot recall the visual images afterwards (Alper, 2007). In the evaluative phase, which
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