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Psychedelics: Meds, Magical Thinking, or Modern-Day Divination?

In 2018, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) declared psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound derived from certain mushrooms (often called “magic mushrooms”), a “Breakthrough Therapy.” The designation effectively “fast tracks” the drug through the process of development and review, and investors are calling psychedelics the “miracle drugs of the 21st century,” on a par with penicillin, “the miracle drug of the 20th century.” It’s a milestone reflecting either the advance or decline of medicine, depending on your perspective.

“Psychedelic” is a catchall term for a host of psychoactive substances that alter consciousness or cause...


Terrell Clemmons is Deputy Editor of Salvo and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #63, Winter 2022 Copyright © 2023 Salvo |


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