Small Pharma will give volunteers suffering from depression DMT, a hallucinogenic tryptamine with similar psychedelic effects as LSD and magic mushrooms

A powerful hallucinogenic drug that has been used in shamanic rituals is being trialled by a British firm as a potential cure for depression

Small Pharma will give volunteers suffering from depression DMT, a hallucinogenic tryptamine with similar psychedelic effects to LSD and magic mushrooms.

The developers hope the drug will help a ‘significant number’ of people who don’t currently respond to conventional treatments or medication for depression.

One of the active ingredients of DMT is ‘ayahuasca’ which is a traditional Amazonian plant medicine used ritually by some tribes to bring ‘spiritual enlightenment’.

An increasing body of evidence has shown that when combined with talking therapy, hallucinogenic drugs can be a safe treatment for a range of mental illnesses. 

‘We believe the impact will be almost immediate, and longer lasting than conventional antidepressants,’ Carol Routledge from Small Pharma told the BBC.

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Powerful hallucinogenic drug used in shamanic rituals being trialled in UK as a cure for DEPRESSION — Daily Mail Online