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ABC Podcast: The scientists and shamans of psychedelic retreats

Feb 12, 2021

ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing has recently broadcast an episode titled “The scientists and shamans of psychedelic retreats.” The episode looks at the emerging evidence around the use of psychedelic drugs including psilocybin to treat common mental health disorders, but also the underground use of these substances which is already occurring across Australia. The episode includes a behind-the-scenes look at Australia’s first clinical trial of psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) for the treatment of anxiety associated with terminal illness, which is happening at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. 

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