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A Scientific First: How Psychedelics Bind to Key Brain Cell Receptor

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  • In order to use psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin in medical treatments, scientists study how these substances interact with brain cells on a molecular level.
  • It turns out that they actively bind to HTR2A, a serotonin receptor on the surface of brain cells.
  • When it’s activated, the receptor causes neurons to fire in an asynchronous and disorganized fashion, putting noise into the brain’s system.
  • Based on these findings, researchers will look for new drugs that might provide treatment for depression and other mental disorders without the psychedelic effect.

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