Interview with Dr Bright on psychedelic psychotherapy


Dr Stephen Bright, a Psychologist working at Curtin University discusses psychedelic therapy. He explains that psychedelic therapy involves a traditional psychotherapeutic context. He says that these medical drugs have been used to treat anxiety, depression and alcohol dependency. According to Bright, research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and UCLA shows that psychedelic therapy has had positive results in helping people with cancer to cope with their disease. Dr Bright mentions that the information that the Nixon Government spread about LSD, psilocybin and mescaline is wrong. In fact these medicines are non-addictive, have low acute toxicity and there have been no reports of deaths from LSD overdose. Bright also explains that MDMA allows people with PTSD to be more open to re-experiencing their traumatic event, and it assists them to reprocess it. He says that Australia will continue to fall behind in therapeutic treatments if Australian researchers and politicians don’t embrace psychedelic science.

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