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The use of Psilocybin in Palliative Care

The use of Psilocybin in Palliative Care

Can psilocybin relieve 'death anxiety'? Q&A with Margaret Ross, leader of Australia's first clinical trial using psychedelics to treat palliative care patients.

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How do you see psilocybin being used to help treat mental health disorders in the future?
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What measures are taken to prevent development of hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) in psilocybin-assisted therapy?
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Is psilocybin likely to cause drug-induced psychosis? and if not, how does psilocybin differ from drugs causing drug-induced psychosis?
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Can you explain why psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy might be ethically approved while providing psychotherapy to a client under the influence of drugs or alcohol is deemed unethical?
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What is your opinion on microdosing psilocybin for well-being and improving an overall sense of meaning etc?
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What is death anxiety?
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How does psilocybin work?
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I've always thought that being in a bad emotional state was a precursor to a bad trip i.e., the psychedelic magnifies the negative emotion. How does this fit with your research and the negative emotional state that palliative care patients might be experiencing prior to taking the psilocybin?
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How long do the treatment effects of a single dose of psilocybin last?
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Hi Margaret, is it true that a single dose of psilocybin can help with smoking cessation?
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Do patients ever experience a "trip to hell"? What do you do to mitigate or manage this?
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Can psilocybin permanently change your personality?
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What is the optimal setting/environment for therapeutic psilocybin use?
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Do people need to have a "mystical experience" to experience the anti-depressive/anxiety effects of this treatment? What kind of dose is needed for this?
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As a physician in the United States, what would be a realistic path to be able to provide this invaluable treatment to my patients?
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Hi Dr. Ross, what level of psychotherapy is involved when psilocybin is administered in palliative care?
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Why use psilocybin in palliative care? Thank you.
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What is psilocybin?
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Therapies with psilocybin consist of sessions where the person is left to himself. Could you imagine it could be more effective if such sessions were (partly) more structured? Anecdotally it has been reported that emotional processing is increased multifold, maybe this could be targeted
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What are the best ways and arguments to help both professionals and those needing help to be more open to the controversial treatments you talk about? I know in the Netherlands psylocybin therapy is allowed but still very few professionals are practicing it
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Is it safe? Are there permanent side effects?
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