Moving Past Mysticism in Psychedelic Science

James W. Sanders, Josjan Zijlmans*

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The mysticism framework is used to describe psychedelic experiences and explain the effects of psychedelic therapies. We discuss risks and difficulties stemming from the scientific use of a framework associated with supernatural or nonempirical belief systems and encourage researchers to mitigate these risks with a demystified model of the psychedelic state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1253-1255
Number of pages3
JournalACS Pharmacology and Translational Science
Issue number3
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021

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