Do psychedelics treat chronic pain or is it the placebo effect?

Psilocybin is a psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms


Evidence from early-stage trials shows that psychedelic drugs may help treat chronic pain as they reduce symptoms of conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme disease. While these early results are encouraging, research on these substances as pain remedies is still in its infancy and many have not been rigorously tested in large-scale clinical trials. So, do these findings offer a promise of transformative treatments to come, or can they be chalked up to the placebo effect?

Interest in psychedelics has …