LSD is a particularly powerful Hallucinogen. It was first synthesized in Switzerland in the late 1930s. Originally, scientists were looking at LSD’s potential to treat psychiatric conditions. However, within only a few decades, the drug was outlawed in most Western countries.
LSD is closely tied to the counter-culture revolution of the 1960 and 70s in the United States. The hippy generation praised the drug for its perceived spiritual qualities and feelings of expansion of consciousness. This drug’s influence can be seen throughout the art and music of this era in American history.
The United States military shared in the interest in LSD. It was given to soldiers to determine its effects in search of a plausible mind control agent. Highly publicized and criticized projects, such as MKUltra, helped push LSD into legendary status in popular culture.
Attitudes toward LSD has begun to shift in some areas of the medical community. Drugs such as LSD were classified as illegal before much of the progress had been made in technology and research regarding medicine and our understanding of the human brain.
A new study was conducted by the Imperial College London. The aim of the study was to reveal how and why LSD affects the mind, essentially, to further our understanding of the drug and of consciousness itself.
LSD has long been thought to create spiritual-like experiences and alter consciousness in the direction of universal belonging. The goal of the study was to explain why a person would have such experiences with scientific data.
The results were outstanding. The government ban on the drug essentially halted any research of it for fifty years. Better late than never.
The study was conducted in Great Britain where the experiment could be done legally. It consisted of administering an IV dose of LSD and recording its effects via three different brain scans. The images of the brain on LSD look remarkably like the colorful artwork of the hippy generation.
The effect that LSD has on the brain is nothing short of magnificent. The brain in its entirety seems to light up at once.
One of the researchers, Robin Carhart-Harris said that “we saw many more areas of the brain than normal were contributing to visual processing under LSD, even though volunteers’ eyes were closed.”
He went on to describe the volunteers as “seeing with their eyes shut.” These visual experiences, were being seen not as coming from reality but from the imagination.
The brain and all its separate regions seem to be working as one while under the influence of LSD. Normally, the brain’s different neural regions work separately and will be activated one or a few at a time. LSD caused basically all the lights in the house to be turned on at once.
The results of the study show a drastic change in the brain’s normal patterns of neural processing. The unified and simultaneous activity of the entire brain explains the drug’s effects. Feelings of oneness with the universe, increased belonging and expansion of consciousness all make perfect sense in light of the study’s results.
“We are finally unveiling the brain mechanisms underlying the potential of LSD, not only to heal, but also to deepen our understanding of consciousness itself,” according to contributor to the study director Amanda Feilding of the Beckley Foundation.
In the aftermath of this breakthrough study, the conversation around LSD’s potential for treatment is back on the table. It is being proposed as a possible treatment option for those suffering from severe mood disorders and for whom nothing has worked.
This study has proven the power of LSD and created sincere interest in what it can do for severe and deep-rooted conditions such as depression, anxiety and addiction. Persistent moon and mental disorders can sometimes be caused by entrenched thought processes that cause the symptoms to resist normal methods of treatment. LSD potentially could act as a bulldozer and swiftly remove such mental road blocks by throwing all neural processes into action. The newfound outlook on life experience while under the drug’s influence is thought to potentially create long-lasting, new and healthy thought processes.
The use of LSD as a treatment option is nothing like what is seen in raves and parties, however. The idea is for someone to take exact, and likely minuscule, amounts of the drug under tightly controlled conditions.
Despite its positive potential, LSD maintains its silent threat to anyone who dare use it. For starters, drugs like LSD, which are produced in clandestine labs, are not reliable and extremely risky. It could be cut with Heroin, Cocaine, or lighter fluid. You just never know.
In addition to the ingredients, the dosage of LSD per pill or square or drop is a complete gamble. You could be getting a fatal amount or essentially nothing. Until the United States realizes the potential for this illegal substance to treat life-threatening illnesses, it seems better to err on the side of caution.
Yet, despite its illegal status, some psychiatrists have proven willing to suggest it to patients with extreme and untreatable mental and mood problems. Anyone considering this option should certainly only do so under the supervision of a medical professional.
LSD still has great potential to harm as well. LSD itself can cause life-long problems, including brain damage and other mental problems from even one use. There are possibly more risks than benefits for most people. Only those who have tried everything and are on the verge of giving up try LSD for good reason.