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Mental health issues are often unaddressed in modern society. Many people view issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation as signs that someone simply isn’t trying hard enough. There is a lot of social stigma attached to seeking help for mental health issues. That stigma can put people off from trying therapeutic options or counseling.
Even when someone wants to address their mental health issues, they may struggle to connect with the right resources. Many insurance programs do not offer adequate coverage for mental health resources or have prohibitively high co-pays and deductibles before they cover anything.
More importantly, many people with severe symptoms may not be able to secure ongoing employment. That can impact their ability to access insurance coverage and mental health care. For these individuals, it often becomes necessary to seek out alternative options, rather than talk therapy or psychoactive medication.
Those who have tried traditional approaches to mental health care often find the results may not provide adequate relief. After all, therapy is only as good as the clinician providing the therapy, and there are many questionable or unprofessional people in the counseling field.
Here at Ladybud, we often publish articles that advocate for the legalization of cannabis in order to provide respite and comfort to those struggling with mental health issues. We also believe that cannabis can help facilitate the therapy process by making it easier to analyze yourself and recover after particularly difficult therapy sessions. However, cannabis is not the only currently illegal substance that could offer great hope and relief to those struggling with mental health issues.
There are a variety of substances, from MDMA to plant-based psychedelics, that could offer help and relief to those struggling with mental health issues. This believe is one reason why we have covered psychedelics and MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Over the next few weeks, Ladybud will highlight a different psychedelic or prohibited substance with potential mental health applications each week on Friday.
We will delve into the therapeutic uses of these drugs and explore where they stand legally in the United States. Our hope is to help educate our readers about options that could support them or loved ones struggling with mental health issues. We also hope to help facilitate a critical conversation about the need to reform the laws in this country and abroad that criminalize psychedelics and other substances.
We will kick off this series next Friday with an exploration of ketamine, a drug that is currently experiencing a resurgence in clinical popularity.
For previous Ladybud coverage of psychedelic drugs, click here.
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