CE: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Andrew Penn, Caroline G. Dorsen, Stephanie Hope, William E. Rosa

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Psychedelics are a class of psychoactive substances that were studied extensively between 1943 and 1970 as potential therapies for treating a host of mental health disorders, including addiction. Despite promising early results, U.S. psychedelic research was halted in the early 1970s with the enactment of the Controlled Substances Act. As the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy develops, nurses can decide the role they will play in the continuing clinical and scholarly research of these substances, which may soon be used in controlled settings to treat some of the most widespread mental health disorders. To prepare for this task, this article proposes that nursesbecome familiar with the history, relevant language, and scientific findings related to the field of psychedelic research.learn about existing psychedelic-assisted therapy and research resources.examine their thoughts, judgments, and opinions about therapeutic psychedelic use.consider the potential role of nursing in psychedelic-assisted therapies going forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021


  • entheogens
  • hallucinogens
  • holistic nursing
  • palliative care
  • psychedelic-assisted therapy
  • psychedelics
  • psychiatric nursing
  • History, 21st Century
  • Nurse's Role
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders/drug therapy
  • Hallucinogens/history
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Mental Health/history
  • Substance-Related Disorders/history
  • Biomedical Research/history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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