Why Psychedelic Medicine should play an enhanced role in the post-COVID Era

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The coronavirus crisis has led the medical and regulatory communities to fast-track medical treatments with the potential to help patients’ physical symptoms. At the same time, mental health issues have proliferated among front-line workers and within the broader population. Psychedelics have the potential to support the mental health of our community at large. Making these treatments available more widely will require the intentional efforts of the medical and regulatory communities. buy DMT online.

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare systems across the world have struggled to handle the influx of patients and a shortage of front-line medical workers. Even worse, physicians and researchers do not currently have effective therapies against the novel coronavirus.

This dire situation has resulted in the medical community rapidly adapting to manage the crisis. For example, in order to facilitate expanded access to medical care for patients, the Department of Human and Health Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have relaxed regulations surrounding telehealth on a “temporary and emergency basis,” particularly around privacy, payments, and prescribing. Because patients do not have time to wait for new Covid-19 therapies to undergo the usual decade-long FDA approval process, pharmaceutical companies and physicians all over the world have taken matters into their own hands to accelerate innovation and try experimental medicines.

The pandemic’s impact is not limited to physical health: mental health during the pandemic has become an acute problem, and the pandemic is likely to bring about a long-lasting mental health crisis. For instance, the US national hotline providing emergency mental health assistance had received nearly nine times more calls than usual in early April, with government officials warning of an impending “mental health crisis.” Nearly half of adults in the US reported that Covid-19 had negatively impacted their mental health.

The US already had a mental health crisis before the pandemic; now, the catastrophe has severely worsened. Treatment protocols should be amended to minimize long periods of trial-and-error, and should instead focus on efficient, curative approaches. Psychedelic medicine is one such approach that should play an enhanced role, just as remdesivir has. The clinical data for psychedelic treatments for mental health (including ketamine, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and psilocybin) are more convincing than are the data supporting remdesivir to treat Covid-19.

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The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) already received Expanded Access from the FDA to treat PTSD through MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, research which is currently in phase 3 clinical trials and which has earned the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation. The FDA should work with clinical trial sponsors to revise data expectations given the likely aftermath of the pandemic.

It is important for the medical, mental health, and psychedelic medicine communities to speak up and advocate for the use of innovative approaches to combat the crisis. It is more important than ever to come together as a community and join our voices and perspectives. At Osmind, we launched an online community focused on treatment-resistant depression (TRD), related mental health disorders, and legal psychedelics medicine.

This online community fills a pressing need during Covid-19. In addition to facilitating human-to-human connection and joining together to advocate for expanded access, we are offering a free directory of ketamine clinics and the services they offer during the pandemic (e.g. in-person care, telemedicine, e-prescribing). We also bring in special guests who join the community to participate in Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) events, post content, and answer questions. Our AMAs happen nearly every Wednesday with experts in the field. We also provide evidence-based wikis reviewed by medical doctors and collaborative wikis collectively written by Community members.

Psychedelic medicine is a prime candidate for accelerated research and patient access. We must work together to advocate for this in a legal, safe, and controlled manner. buy DMT online

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