Psychedelic drugs have been flirting with mainstream respectability lately, mainly thanks to scientific studies that have used them as tools to do things like illuminate the workings of the brain and treat depression.

Another step toward mainstream medical acceptance of formerly “out-there” substances such as psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA, may involve turning them against other drugs. Across the US and UK, new clinical trials are using psychedelics in an attempt to treat addiction to everything from controlled substances including cocaine to alcohol and cigarettes.

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