Hypnosis and Drugs

Medication and the hypnotic induction process

Hypnotherapy is the application of using the state of hypnosis to treating unwanted emotional and psychological conditions. Hypnosis allows the subconscious mind to take over from the conscious mind in a sleep like yet awoken state that the patient is more susceptible to suggestion. While hypnotherapy and hypnosis is fast becoming an viable alternative to anesthetic and other forms of medication there are still some times and applications when patience need to have a state of hypnosis induced but are resistant to hypnotic suggestion and induction. As such, there have been various medications developed or found to help induce hypnosis. Such medications are administered, although reluctantly normally, by physiatrists, licensed hypnotherapists, hospitals doctors and some hypnotherapy clinics.

These drugs are normally termed hypnotics, barbiturates and sedatives. In scenarios when patients suffer from extreme stress, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and other extreme psychological disorders as a result of a variety of different reasons licensed practitioners might use medication or drugs to help induce the hypnotic state.

Whilst it is extremely difficult to find clinics and organizations that overtly state that they administer drugs to help induce hypnosis on their patients for obvious ethical reasons the following organizations discuss the use of drugs or medication for hypnotic uses – or have developed hypnotic drugs for such uses:


Psychiatry Onlineis one such website or organization that discusses the use of medication in the process of hypnotic suggestion you can visit their site at: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=150089


The National Health System (UK) – they discuss the use of hypnotherapy in conjunction with medication for treatment of severe anxiety. You can visit the following link to find out more: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/hypnotherapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx


Norml - is an organisation that advocates the legalization of Cannabis or Marijuana. They argue that it has medicinal purposes and can help in the process of hypnotic induction. You can visit their website at: http://norml.org/library/medical-marijuana-reports/item/marijuana-as-medicine-a-plea-for-reconsideration


Furthermore, the site Drugs.com describes the hypnotic medication called Amytal-Sodium in the process of hypnotic induction. You can visit the following link to find out more: http://www.drugs.com/pro/amytal-sodium.html


In addition to this the National Center for Biotechnology Information provides information on the use and effects of various hypnotic drugs that can aid hypnotic induction or suggestion. You can visit their site at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1586798/




original (1)There are various different methods of inducing hypnosis. As such hypnotists can use methods such as the postural sway technique to induce a state of hypnosis on their patients. The effectiveness of drugs in the induction of hypnosis is still under scrutiny but as it is believed that certain drugs act on the same part of the brain that hypnotic suggestion does. Furthermore, the following three facts are non-disputable when it comes to the use of drugs by hypnotizers or hypnotists in hypnosis:


  1. Drugs can increase waking suggestibility administered properly.
  2. It is very often easier to induce hypnosis after the administration of such drugs – and it can even make hypnosis possible with patients that it was previously impossible to do so with
  3. These same drugs produce similar effects or symptoms that hypnotic induction and suggestion do. (1)


As such in the earlier days many hypnotizers or hypnotists do use drugs such as cannabis and chloroform to induce the suggestible sleep like yet awaken state of hypnosis. These days hypnotists and the organizations they work for and represented shifted to using barbiturates instead to help induce the sleep like state of hypnosis. These proved themselves to be safer and more controllable for inducing hypnosis.

In this some of the earlier hypnosis experts, like Schilder recommended using a small dose of Medinal to induce hypnosis. To induce hypnosis quicker they used higher doses. Some hypnotists even used intravenous drugs such as Evipal Sodium during the countdown stage to aid the process of hypnotic induction (1).


Salvia and Truth Serum are also at times used to help induce hypnosis. As hypnosis is usually used as an alternative to medication it is difficult to find institutions that overtly combine the two but the CIA (www.cia.gov) has believed to have experimented with LSD in attempts to control people’s minds and also experiment with hypnotic induction. The US Army is also rumored to have experimented with drugs to induce hypnotism and experiment with mind control (www.dod.mil.za)


Besides this the site New Scientist has found that alcohol which itself is a drug can also be used to help induce the state of hypnosis. You can visit their website at: www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/…/alcohol-hypnosis.html‎.


More information about the use of drugs or medication both those that are legal and are illegal by hypnotists and in hypnotism can be found in the Medical Dictionary section of the Free Dictionary organisation at the following URL:

medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Hypnotic+drugs; and the Forbiddenknowledge site: www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/if_chapter3.htm



There is a lot of speculation that the Illuminati (which existence can still be disputed) uses drugs to control people’s minds and induce hypnosis. This might, however, just be conjecture.

In summary hypnosis most hypnotists are reluctant to administer drugs such as barbiturates stimulants and hypnotics unless it is absolutely necessary. This is for a number of reasons but mainly because hypnosis is used as an alternative to medication so using medication or drugs in the process, it could be argued, is defeating the purpose of the action. Lastly, hypnosis is also used to help treat drug and alcohol dependence – for this reason too hypnotizers are quite reluctant to then administer normally habit forming medication in the process.


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