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Amazonian Psychedelic Ayahuasca May Ease Severe Depression, New Study Shows

There’s a growing body of evidence that psychedelic drugs like ayahuasca, LSD, and mushrooms can help people with difficult-to-treat depression.

The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes. Photo by Apollo/Flickr.

“Leon” is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a mental illness that affects some 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

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