The Depression Files

Al Interviews Dr. Natalie Gukasyan of Johns Hopkins University on the topic of Psychedelics and the Treatment of Mental Illness

January 31, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Gukasyan, psychiatrist and post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, on the topic of psychedelics and the treatment of mental illness.

Dr. Gukasyan describes the current research that is ongoing at Johns Hopkins. Hear about the history of psychedelics and the ins and outs regarding the structure of the research. You'll hear about the guides, the importance of set and setting, and much more.

Given that research regarding antidepressants is at a near standstill and the challenges of finding the right antidepressant, psychedelics are looking like a very viable possibility for treating depression with much quicker efficacy.

If you'd like to learn more about the research at Johns Hopkins, you can visit their psychedelic research page at In addition to the Johns Hopkins website, if you're interested in learning about the possibilities of participating in their research, you can visit their partners' websites; Usona Institute and COMPASS.

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