By Gabriel García August 3, 2023
Australia has become the first country to classify psychedelic substances as drugs at the national level, opening the door to their therapeutic use to treat various mental health conditions. A France 24 article explains the details of this landmark decision and the implications it has for the future of psychiatry and research.
According to the article, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved Mind Medicine Australia’s application to reclassify psilocybin and MDMA from Schedule 9 (banned substances) to Schedule 8 (controlled substances). This means that doctors will be able to prescribe these substances under certain conditions and supervision, and patients will be able to access them in specialized clinics.
The article points out that this measure is based on scientific evidence showing that psilocybin and MDMA can have beneficial effects in treating disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and addictions, among others. It also mentions that these compounds can facilitate deep and lasting therapeutic processes by inducing altered states of consciousness that allow access to blocked or repressed emotions, memories and perspectives.
The article highlights that Australia has become a world reference in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapies, being the first country to officially recognize the medical potential of these substances. It also indicates that this decision could spur the development of more clinical studies and training programs for mental health professionals who want to incorporate these tools into their practice.
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