Participants wanted! New Research Seeks Volunteers to Take LSD and Play Go
Do you like to play Go? Ever find yourself on the occasional LSD trip? Well, why not combine the two in the name of Science! The Beckley Foundation is looking for willing participants to take LSD and play Go to evaluate how LSD affects creativity.
If you live in the UK you have the opportunity to be involved in the next wave of ground breaking LSD research. Using the latest brain imaging technology, The Beckley Foundation wants to explore how LSD changes cerebral circulation and connectivity, and more specifically, whether LSD has the potential to increase creativity displayed in a game of Go when compared to a placebo.
All that they ask is you be a passionate Go player, you are in good mental and physical health, you are over the age of 18, and that you have prior experience using hallucinogens without ever having an adverse side effect.
Who Is The Beckley Foundation?
The Beckley Foundation is a scientific NGO whose aim it is to explore the effects of psychoactive substances on the brain. With this, they hope to open up new avenues of research, and find potential ways psychoactive and psychedelic substances can be used in the treatment and for the betterment of mankind. Since 2008, The Beckley Foundation has held Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN – so they are a pretty big deal. Through their research they advise world governments on drug policy reform by presenting a rational and empirical approach – and they are offering you the opportunity to be a part of it.
Why is this Important?
Although its potential to help treat psychological illness was recognized very early on, up until recently, there has been a blanket ban of LSD related research - thanks in large to the War on Drugs. It has pretty much been 40 years since scientists were able to look into the therapeutic and medical applications of LSD and other hallucinogens, and they are only just beginning to pick up where they left off. So far, there have only been a few studies, and all of them have found potential beneficial applications. As the field of research is considered relatively ‚new’, every bit of research counts more than ever, in order keep up momentum and prevent this kind of research being squashed again.
Examples of recent research include work by MAPS, who recently found that LSD was highly beneficial to patients facing a life-threatening illness – reducing anxiety and helping them come to terms with it. There has also been recent research in the UK, where the effects of LSD on a small sample group were observed using MRI brain scans – also finding positive and safe results.
And it’s not just LSD that is being researched, the applications of drugs like psilocybin (the active compound in magic mushrooms), MDMA and ayahuasca are all being investigated, and all so far have found benefits. It is important that this kind of research continues if we are to ever see hallucinogens become a real and effective mainstream method of treating illness. According to Rick Doblin, Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), if research continues as it is, “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.”
So, if you are in the UK and want to help gain a better understanding of how psychedelics, such as LSD, can help your fellow man, then get involved. Just remember, you need to know how to play Go as well.
You can email your interest to [email protected], whereby they should then send you more info on the specifics of the research and their requirements.
Disclaimer: We have no affiliation with the Beckley Foundation and this post was not sponsored.