Brain mechanisms of hallucinogens and entactogens

  title={Brain mechanisms of hallucinogens and entactogens},
  author={Franz X. Vollenweider},
  booktitle={Dialogues in clinical neuroscience},
This review focuses on recent brain imaging and behavioral studies of sensory gating functions, which assess similarities between the effects of classic hallucinogens (eg, psilocybin), dissociative anesthetics (eg, ketamine), and entactogens (eg, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine [MDMA]) in humans. Serotonergic hallucinogens and psychotomimetic anesthetics produce overlapping psychotic syndromes associated with a marked activation of the prefrontal cortex (hyperfrontality) and other overlapping… CONTINUE READING
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