By: Ayan Jama
John Tierney’s article, “Hallucinogens Have Doctors Tuning In Again”, explains how doctors have discovered the power that psychedelic drugs can have on the mind. Due to it’s success in treating patients with depression, OCD and other disorders scientists all over America have been granted permission to continue the study.
Clark Martin, who was suffering from what he thought was incurable depression, tried this experiment that required him to take a psychoactive drug called psilocybin. After having what can only be described as a mind-altering experience Clark was able to overcome his depression and even mend his troubled relationships.
The title of the article was wisely picked. The word “Hallucinogens” captured my interest immediately because it is a word you do not usually associate with the NY Times science section. Many of us look at hallucinogens as a taboo word and associate it with teens tripping on mushrooms at a Jimmy Buffet concert. However, this story showed that by opening our minds to something that has been labeled by society as bad, good things can come from it.
Tierney explains in great detail how the experiment is set-up and how results are gathered. Taking the time to show the readers how a complicated scientific procedure is carried out in relatively simple terms is very refreshing. This article was easy to read and did not use huge, unpronounceable words that make me feel stupid. Also, touching upon the issues society has had with hallucinogens gives me a good idea of why this procedure has been considered in both a positive and negative light.
The use of hyperlinks in this piece was very helpful. They gave you names of organizations that are conducting the experiments and others that are providing funding. Being able to check out these sites is really fascinating and gives you a better understanding of the experiment and the people involved. I really enjoy when you are given the tools to go deeper into the story and in this case the tools were the many hyperlinks included.