The history (and future) of psychedelic science

Back in 2010, the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience published an article looking at the neurobiology of psychedelic drugs and why researchers were returning to this field after 40 years of stagnation. As part of that, they commissioned four of the best neuroscience bloggers on the Internet to write posts about the history of psychedelic psychiatry and the possible ways we could use these drugs to help people. I stumbled across this collection recently, and thought you all might enjoy it.


  1. Here’s an incredibly intriguing field of research, with unbounded potential to benefit mankind.   All evidence pointed even in the 1950s that this is a humane endeavor that can alleviate psychological suffering for untold millions.
    What’s the response in the so-called “Enlightenment Age” in the “enlightened” western world?  At least forty invaluable years lost to hysteria and witch hunts.  No research, only clandestine experimentation.
    At least things are trickling in the right direction again, somewhat.  Something is infinitely better than absolutely nothing.

  2. It’s a shame that potentially helpful psychedelic drugs have more of a stigma than things like beer that contain the dangerous drug known as alcohol.  And on that note, I made this song that induces beer drinkers to vomit if they listen to it with headphones.

  3. Didn’t see any mention of ibogaine, a tryptamine hallucinogen used to treat addiction to other drugs directly (i.e., not in the tapering methadone/nicotine gum sense) 

    I’ve never understood why it’s Schedule I in the U.S.
    Considering the hard-on some of us seem to have for lowering taxes/government expenditures, and the countless Americans imprisoned (and re-imprisoned) for non-violent drug offenses, you’d think a drug that treated RECIDIVISM would be an easy sell.

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