Psychedelics and Autism

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A Systematic Review of the MDMA Model to Address Social Impairment in Autism

2021 | Albrecht, M., Chaliha, D., Lam, V., Mamo, J. C., Takechi, R., Vaccarezza, M.

This systematic review (2021) examines whether MDMA can treat social impairments of autism, and draws supporting evidence from animal models which indicate MDMA-induced prosocial behaviors.

The use of psychedelic agents with autistic schizophrenic children

1971 | Aldrich, R. W., Mogar, R. E.

This review (1971) of 7 studies looked at the effect of psychedelics in autistic children (n=91). Psychedelics led to improved speech and mood, better emotional responsiveness, and decreased compulsive behaviour.

A Meta-Analysis of Placebo-Controlled Trials of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

2020 | Bathje, G. J., Chwyl, C., Davis, A. K., Lancelotta, R., Luoma, J. B.

This meta-analysis of nine placebo-controlled trials (n=211) showed a very large effect size (g=1.21) of treatment on four mental health conditions (PTSD, end-of-life anxiety, depression, social anxiety among autistic adults).

Autistic Schizophrenic Children: An Experiment in the Use of D-Lysergic Acid Diethyladmide (LSD-25)

1977| Freedman, A. M.

This early study (1962; n=12) with LSD (50-200µg) on children with autism (ASD) and schizophrenia, of which 7 were mute, showed that LSD elicited large psychological changes in this population, but no change in muteness. Procedures for consent were different/non-existent at that time.

Reduction in social anxiety after MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with autistic adults: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study

2018| Danforth, A. L., Emerson, A., Feduccia, A. A., Grob, C. S., Jerome, L., Struble, C., Walker, N., Yazar-Klosinski, B.

This double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized pilot study (n=12) found a significant reduction in social anxiety (d=1.4) after MDMA-assisted psychotherapy (75-125mg, 2 sessions). The effects persisted even 6-months later (d=1.1).


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