Dr, Is it safe to use Psychedelic Drugs to treat Depression?

Here are questions from readers that were addressed by leading psychiatrist Dr Manish Bajpayee. The identities of the solution-seekers have been withheld to protect their privacy. You too can send your questions at editorial@pune365.com

Hello, I am currently an assistant teacher at a school in a rural area. A lot of the kids that I teach come from low-income families. These children are witnesses to domestic violence at home and it has an impact on their developing minds. They aren’t able to process the violence because they are small and innocent. What can I do to make them understand the situation?

This could result in post-traumatic stress disorder and can lead to an intrusion in memory and affect the personality of the child. One of the best things to do would be to talk to the child and ask him or her what went on in their mind during the whole incident. Sometimes, children may have the wrong interpretation of such incidents. They tend to think that this has happened because of them. You need to try and correct these notions. Over the course f time, many grow up to be resilient but some do succumb to the problem.

Dear Doctor, I have read many conflicting studies about the effects of marijuana on physical and mental health. Some say it hampers growth and rots the brain, others claim it is in fact healthy for one. As a person who consumes it occasionally (once every few weeks) but has never felt any negative effect at all (other than a drowsy head the next morning) I don’t know what to believe. Will problems crop up later, even though I don’t consume it very often and don’t see the harm? Does it make a difference if you grow it yourself using seeds from i49.net/product-category/cannabis-plants/autoflowering-seeds/ compared to purchasing it from a dispensary? What about the various different forms it comes in, from vaping oil to gummies. I have a lot of questions.

Cannabis has not shown any negative signs as per studies. And that is why high cbd cannabis strains are so popular amongst people who are looking to use it either recreational or medically. If there are no negative outcomes, then people would be persuaded to continue using it. There are no changes to the brain as long as the consumption is occasional. These results could encourage other people who suffer from physical or mental ailments to give this course of treatment a try. They may even go as far as deciding to go look at weed-seeds.ca for any products that they could grow in their own garden instead of consuming it in the normal way. Above all, it is no secret that the ways in which people are using cannabis are changing. For example, some people are abandoning cannabis cigarettes in favor of a shatter cartridge and other vaping equipment. This makes cannabis somewhat more appealing for people that do not want to smoke it in the traditional way. Furthermore, if there are no changes to the brain, then more people may decide to use it. When we say occasional, it means not frequent at all. Though, regular use can show a slight change in personality especially if the usage starts during adolescence.

Doctor, I recently watched the film ‘Moonlight’. The film has inspired me to come out to my parents. I am tired of not being myself in front of them. I belong to a conservative family. Please advise me on how I could do so without letting my parents down.

I must say that this is primarily very difficult. But, it is best to have someone who is a guide or a role model. He or she may speak with your parents. This is something that has to be accepted and there is nothing wrong with you. Society puts its pressures on individuals so you must talk it out with your parents through someone who serves as a role model.

Can I use psychedelic drugs to treat my depression? I have read extensively about this and the use of psilocybin mushrooms seems to have a profound effect on one’s mental health. What do you think?

I have never tried it. I have certainly read about the effects of ketamine or LSD, that they instantly uplift moods. But most of these studies have been conducted in small groups with small quantities of these drugs. Psychosis may occur because you are far from reality and this can have some side effects. No one has yet found the right way to treat these drugs so my suggestion would be to not try this now.

Dr Manish Bajpayee

Dr Manish Bajpayee

Dr Manish Bajpayee is a consultant psychiatrist in Pune with over 20 years of extensive clinical experience in assessing and treating clients with a range of psychological problems and other mental health related issues. He is currently a consultant with Inamdar Hospital and Ruby Hall Clinic. Dr Bajpayee addresses reader queries every other Thursday on Pune365.
Dr Manish Bajpayee