Classic Hallucinogen Use, Emotional Regulation, and Disordered Eating: A Mediational Model
The use of hallucinogens has been linked to increased emotional regulation (Vollenweider & Kometer, 2010), a variable also related to disordered eating (Lafrance Robinson et al., 2013). We examined hallucinogen use, dietary restraint, and emotional dysregulation among a sample of 927 respondents to an online survey. Logistic regression analyses indicated that lifetime hallucinogen use was associated with decreased dietary restraint and lower levels of emotional dysregulation. Although the association between hallucinogen use and dietary restraint remained after accounting for emotional dysregulation, the association was partially mediated. These findings add to increasing evidence of the potential of psychedelic medicines to address behavioral disorders. Given the insufficiency of treatments for eating disorders in particular, further study of the potential of psychedelic interventions is warranted.
Dr. Adèle Lafrance PhD, C. Psych is a Psychologist and Associate Professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Dr. Lafrance has published extensively in the field of clinical psychology and she is the co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. She is also studying the use of plant medicines and psychedelics in the healing of mental health issues, with a particular focus on eating disorders.