Researchers Study How Psychedelic Drugs Could Prevent Asthma

July 15, 2020 14:05:58

A new study has provided a glimpse of hope for researchers as they are on the brink of discovering an effective asthma prevention drug. The aim of the tests was to establish if there was a connection between psychedelics and asthma, using mice as the test subject.  The conclusion was that a psychedelic drug (R)-DOI to a large extent helped reduce asthma symptoms in mice. The research was done by LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.

In a news release, an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the school explained that in addition to affecting the brain, psychedelics can also influence other physiological diseases outside the brain. It is the first time such a discovery is being made since psychedelics are mostly associated with its mental capabilities.

The study provides new insight into how serotonin works, as well as a medical breakthrough in asthma.

“We have identified an entirely new anti-inflammatory mechanism for the treatment of asthma in the clinic that could someday be administered in an inhaler or a daily pill,” he added.

Through the research, it is evident that psychedelics cause serotonin receptor activation which in turn increased levels of anti-inflammatory activity in the gut and blood vessels.

Asthma is an inflammatory disease that causes difficulty in breathing among patients due to reaction with irritants and substances, resulting in allergies. When the airways are inflamed, they become narrower, causing the patient to have difficulties talking and breathing, and they will wheeze, and/or develop a chronic cough.

The trials on a mouse model showed the role of the serotonin receptors in helping to prevent asthmatic allergies. It does this by preventing mucus production, pulmonary inflammation, and responsiveness of the airways. Using this basis, the researchers have worked on a drug that they say could be very effective in managing asthma.

Asthma is a common disease in the U.S., affecting over 25% of the population. These findings can be fundamental in finding an effective drug that prevents inflammation of the airways and hence reduce asthma cases.

In the recent past, there has been a lot of hype surrounding psychedelics’ possible health benefits especially with treating mental disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, addiction, and depression. The findings by LSU are the first to show that psychedelics can work on the body as well. These are promising results considering asthma has no cure. Patients can only prevent it or use medication to suppress the symptoms, but it is a condition that one can live with throughout their entire life.

The discovery is likely to encourage other psychedelic industry players like StemSation (OTC: STSN) to press forward with R&D in this exciting new field.

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