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Dr. Jennifer Mitchell: Psychedelic medicine

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Some U.S. states (e.g., Oregon, Colorado) and municipalities (e.g., Oakland, CA; Washington, DC) are legalizing, decriminalizing, or funding research into therapeutic uses of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs. Several others are considering doing so.

On Thursday, January 26, SciLine interviewed:

Dr. Jennifer Mitchell is a professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She discussed topics including:

  • What psychedelic drugs are and how they work;
  • Which types are being studied by researchers for potential therapeutic use;
  • What scientists have found, so far, about whether they are effective in treating mental health problems like PTSD or chronic pain;
  • What is involved in therapeutic treatment using these drugs; and
  • The current regulatory landscape around psychedelics.

Declared interests

I serve the California Department of Justice as a member of the Research Advisory Panel (RAP-Cal) and the VA as the Acting Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the SFVAMC.

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