In 2015, The OPEN Foundation  compiled a special issue for the journal CDAR (Current Drug Abuse Reviews), titled: ‘Beneficial Effects of Psychedelics with a Special Focus on Addictions’.

This special issue of takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of psychedelics and mental health, while maintaining a particular focus on applications of psychedelics in the fields of substance abuse and addiction. This special issue also takes a critical look at some widespread assumptions about psychedelics, introduces new ideas and suggests novel directions for future research.

We extend our gratitude to all the writers and peer reviewers that have helped us in putting this special issue together.

The articles are open access and can be found here.

Article Overview

Editorial (Thematic Issue: Introduction to ‘Beneficial Effects of Psychedelics with a Special Focus on Addictions’)

A Review of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) in the Treatment of Addictions: Historical Perspectives and Future Prospects

Psilocybin-Occasioned Mystical Experiences in the Treatment of Tobacco Addiction

Ayahuasca, Psychedelic Studies and Health Sciences: The Politics of Knowledge and Inquiry into an Amazonian Plant Brew

Crisis Intervention Related to the Use of Psychoactive Substances in Recreational Settings – Evaluating the Kosmicare Project at Boom Festival

Psychedelics as Medicines for Substance Abuse Rehabilitation: Evaluating Treatments with LSD, Peyote, Ibogaine and Ayahuasca

A Qualitative Report on the Subjective Experience of Intravenous Psilocybin Administered in an fMRI Environment

Salvinorin A and Related Compounds as Therapeutic Drugs for Psychostimulant-Related Disorders