Moving Past Mysticism in Psychedelic Science

ACS Pharmacol Transl Sci. 2021 May 4;4(3):1253-1255. doi: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00097. eCollection 2021 Jun 11.


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.