If you were to ask someone what they know about the effects of LSD or MDMA, their response would not likely include reduction of depression and anxiety. However, if you were to ask that same question to a team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, they might give you a “maybe!”
This UC Davis team is exploring the impact that psychedelic drugs have on the brain, specifically the structure and function of neurons. Findings suggest that changes caused by these drugs can repair the circuits that are malfunctioning in mood and anxiety disorders.
“People have long assumed that psychedelics are capable of altering neuronal structure, but this is the first study that clearly and unambiguously supports that hypothesis,” said David Olson who is leading the research team.
These discoveries could potentially create new methods for treating mood and anxiety disorders that are safer and act faster.