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Psilocybin use and its effect on well-being in healthy individuals : a scoping review

Wiepking, L.N. (2022) Psilocybin use and its effect on well-being in healthy individuals : a scoping review.

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Abstract:This scoping review employed a multifaceted conceptualization of well-being, to examine how psilocybin use affects well-being and related sub-concepts in healthy individuals. Moreover, it was investigated which factors influence the relation between psilocybin use and well-being, what research protocols have been employed and what underlying mechanisms have been proposed in existing studies. A comprehensive literature search in line with the PRISMA guidelines was conducted. Scopus, PubMed, PsycInfo, Web of Science, and Google Scholar were searched for peer-reviewed articles about psilocybin and well-being.In all studies, psilocybin use led to positive well-being-related outcomes for the majority of participants. Self-acceptance, positive relationships and meaning/purpose in life were facets of this studies’ well-being conceptualization that seemed to be particularly positively affected by psilocybin use. This scoping review provided preliminary evidence for beneficial effects of psilocybin on well-being and related sub-concepts such as self-acceptance, positive relationships and meaning/purpose in life. Ego-dissolution, unity, connectedness, and mystical-type experiences are interrelated concepts that seem to be crucial for explaining such positive well-being-related effects of psilocybin
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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