University of Porto
University of Porto
Psychiatry has evolved as a quite distinct field within the medical range. The relationship between the mind and the body make it a particularly interesting field, fraught with special challenges. Contacting with patients coming from and in many different environments, from a prison in Porto, to refugee camps in Serbia and Bosnia and a hospital in Brazil opened me to different cultures and different contexts and expressions of disorders, beyond providing a very enriching and deep experience. This motivated me to look for new therapies that could be more effective and improve the patients’ quality of life. During the review of Dimethyltryptamine: endogenous role and therapeutic potential, I realized that psychedelics and its particular mechanism open the way to promising new therapeutic approaches.
N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is an indole alkaloid produced by a number of plants and animals, including humans. Its psychoactive effects were first described in 1956 by Stephen Szára, but have been exploited for centuries by South American indigenous populations in the form of ayahuasca. In the present review, we assess the state of the art regarding a putative role for endogenous DMT and potential clinical applications of ayahuasca and DMT. A review assessing the pharmacological profile of DMT and its […]more details
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