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Consciousness, Religion, and Gurus: Pitfalls of Psychedelic Medicine

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Abstract

This viewpoint identifies pitfalls in the study of psychedelic compounds, including those that pose challenges for the potential use of psychedelics as medicines. They are as follows: (1) Sloppiness regarding use of the term “consciousness”. (2) Inappropriate introduction of religious/spiritual beliefs of investigators or clinicians. (3) Clinical boundaries and other ethical challenges associated with psychedelic treatments.

Johnson M. W. (2020). Consciousness, Religion, and Gurus: Pitfalls of Psychedelic Medicine. ACS pharmacology & translational science, 4(2), 578–581. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsptsci.0c00198

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