If you are one of the millions of people with PTSD or depression who watched Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind on Netflix, you may be looking to find psychedelic clinical trials where you can access the wonders of psychedelic therapy. In the docuseries, Pollan is not shy about promoting stories of people who claim to have been miraculously healed or cured by psychedelic therapy, and these stories provide a ray of hope for many people suffering from chronic mental health conditions. But there’s a problem —access to psychedelic therapy does not exist yet, and it may not exist for many years.
Following the release of How to Change Your Mind, researchers around the world were inundated with requests from people looking to enroll in psychedelic clinical trials. Eduardo Schenberg, a researcher with the Brazilian Instituto Phaneros, tweeted about some of the responses he has received.
Ripples of the @netflix/@michaelpollan tsunami on Brazilian shores.
- Dozens of patient emails daily:
- Desperation for new treatments;
- Frustration because Tx are not yet available;
- Huge confusion between psychedelic-assisted therapy and microdosing/stand-alone drugs.
This tweet mirrors the sentiments of many psychedelic researchers who receive daily requests from people looking to enroll in psychedelic studies. Even here at Psychedelic Spotlight, we receive weekly emails and web comments from people with chronic conditions looking to enroll in psychedelic clinical trials. Here are examples of typical requests for information:
I have bipolar 2 and borderline personality disorder. I was diagnosed in South Africa after a suicide attempt in Zimbabwe where I was born and grew up in the Rhodesian war. I was 29 years old. I recently moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Dec 2019. I watched the series How To Change Your Mind where I heard about the methods and your clinic
Firstly can you help me get off my chronic medication. I am on the following:
Sodium valporate 500mg morning and evening, Quetapine 200mg, Propanadol 40mg, Venlafaxine 150mg (psychiatrist took me off this as I was going into hypo mania), Trisequens.
From 2017 I have experienced half the year hypo manic and then half the year suicidally depressed. I have overdosed 5 times and each time landed up on ICU 99% of the time I have to be resuscitated. So my faith in chronic medication is zero. However the psychiatrist and psychologists won’t support my desire to wean off chronic medication.
Please let me know if you can help me and what is the cost.
I have lived with depression and anxiety for 40 years. I have had many diagnoses and psychiatric interventions over the years. I regularly have intrusive images, which are too distressing to describe, and are worse when my mental health is particularly poor.
I have attempted to take my life many times and regularly consider suicide. I often struggle to find joy and purpose in life. Like Carolyn, I watched How To Change Your Mind and was moved to tears several times. I felt that maybe there is some hope and would like to know if there are any clinics in Newcastle that offer psychedelic assisted treatment.
The medication I am currently prescribed makes me feel numbed and dislocated. I want to experience life more fully and appreciate my existence.
These people are desperate for solutions and are willing to try anything, but the reality is that psychedelic clinical trials are already overwhelmed with applications, and the rigorous screening process means that 95% of them will not meet the criteria for enrollment. This reality leaves people despondent, and many of them will instead look for underground therapists or unlicensed guides willing to treat them illegally. Is this really the response that Michael Pollan and Netflix wanted?
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Published: August 09, 2022
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