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The latest: BrainFutures evaluated more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on psychedelic medicine and consulted with dozens of experts in the field to understand how these perception-altering compounds could change the landscape of mental health and substance-abuse treatment.

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Context Matters in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

In the context of psychedelic-assisted therapy, set and setting play a major role in the therapeutic effect of the treatment, as experts believe these two factors have the potential to make or break a psychedelic experience. While there is little research on exactly how set and setting impact patients’ experiences, new research is now attempting to measure with data what indigenous practitioners have understood for centuries.

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Therapeutic Alliance and Trust in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

After decades of prohibition—even in tightly-controlled research settings—psychedelics are finally being explored in research institutions and clinical settings around the world. As this new modality of therapy speeds toward clinical adoption, we must examine its current model, specifically, the role therapists play in the treatment.

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The Evidence for Psychedelic Medicine

One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and 17 percent of individuals experience mental illness before reaching adulthood. Evidence is mounting that psychedelics hold promise for the treatment of a wide range of mental health and substance use disorders, including major depressive disorder, alcoholism, and PTSD among many others.

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