Saturday, April 10, 2021

Caroline Neves - HPPD (Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder)

Ayahuasca, a South American psychoactive hallucinogenic herb, is said to be very therepeutic when used in psychotherapy, but it can leave you with Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder, a condition that many sufferers find devastating. There is no cure, but it can fade in time for some. Ayahuasca retreats have become very popular, but most people who attend have never heard of HPPD. 

I've warned people who use psychedelic drugs on twitter about it, but so far they have dismissed it, saying that they are very careful and do it in a safe environment with friends so that no one will get a bad trip. But good trip or bad trip, it makes no difference, the brain can be permanently altered either way. 

The medical profession is now also researching the use of psychedelic drugs in psychotherapy. 

How ecstasy and psilocybin are shaking up psychiatry

Regulators will soon grapple with how to safely administer powerful psychedelics for treating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

About one in 30 people who use psychedelic drugs will go on to develop HPPD, but the number could be higher, and you can get it just after one dose. Amphetamines can cause it too. 

After discovering about HPPD, I was interested to know more. Later, this led me to share with others what I found by creating this documentary. I hope that this short documentary can be of help for those looking to know more about this disorder.

1 comment:

lastgreek said...

For me, nothing is more therapeutic and relaxing than watching old episodes on the DVR of Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis. To each his own I guess :)

[Morse and Lewis on the church rooftop]

Lewis: What’s the matter?

Morse: I’m afraid of bloody heights, you stupid sod.