First legal LSD Study in decades
It has been a long time coming, the first legal and fully scientific research into the medical applications of LSD in over 35 years was recently completed. And what are the finding? Well, that it is beneficial of course!
Researchers in Switzerland have been looking into the implication of using LSD to treat the anxiety associated with life threatening illness. Whilst commonly associated with spirituality and the hippie movements of the 60's, LSD was recognized as a potential aid to psychological disorders quite early on. Research further into the field was started, but was drawn to an abrupt halt by its prohibition. It is only now that it is being looked at again.
LSD found highly beneficial, eases anxiety
So what were these scientists doing exactly? Well, researchers led by Dr. Peter Gasser began testing participants back in 2007 with the legal backing of the Swiss government. The trial consisted of 12 participants who were given doses of LSD as well as placebos over 30 sessions. Within these sessions absolutely no adverse side effects were experienced by participants, with none of them having any paranoid, suicidal or anxious trips or delusions. Not only this, but all 12 participants reported to have benefited the treatment, feeling much less anxious about the life threatening condition they were facing. They reported that they were more aware of what was important in life, and more relaxed about what was happening to them. Only 2 of the 12 participants had ever taken LSD before.
This highly suggests that because the participants encountered no bad trips at all, and that 100% of the participants found it beneficial, that LSD could be safely administered under clinical condition. It should be noted that more research will be needed into the subject before it can even be considered for mainstream use – so don’t get you hopes up of being able to trip whilst in hospital. This is because this was a very small scale experiment, making it hard for it to be statistically significant. However, it has shown that there is reasonable cause for more experiments to be conducted, and has lain the foundations of what may lead to the reduction in suffering around the world.
Groundbreaking research for LSD psychotherapy
Executive Director Rick Dobin, of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, described the implications of this ground breaking research as follows “Now that LSD has returned to the laboratory, we’ve started the long road to the mainstreaming of LSD-assisted psychotherapy.”
He went on to say, “Within 10-15 years, LSD’s beneficial potentials can become legally available by prescription to specially trained and licensed psychiatrists/psychologists without the countercultural associations, the exaggerated fears, and the one dose miracle cure mythology.”
This is all very promising news, and whilst those suffering right now cannot benefit from the significance of this research, our children, and our children's children will hopefully be able to do so. It follows the original dream of LSD's discoverer, Albert Hofmann, who, whilst drawing near to his death, implored large names known to have benefited form LSD, such as the late Steve Jobs.