LSD for mental health

“Humphrey Osmond…the British-born psychiatrist…administered LSD and other hallucinogens to healthy volunteers, including doctors. With that information, Osmond felt that doctors could better understand and care for schizophrenic patients.” –Clifford A. Pickover in Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves

Hallucinogens and other drugs have often been used for psychiatric purposes. Psychedelic Therapy used LSD, DMT, and mushrooms as a way to explore the psyche. These drugs allow psychotherapy to work to it’s fullest potential.

The use of these drugs for mental health can date back to tribalistic times; shamans used natural plants containing hallucinogens to treat ill patients. Psychedelic therapy in the west began in the 50’s, used on especially difficult cases of mental illness, including alcoholism. Doctors felt that the drugs could alter a patient’s behavior in a positive way.

Bill Wilson, the founder of AA, reported using LSD and that it helped him overcome his alcohol addiction.

A recent FDIC approved study showed that mushrooms had a positive effect on OCD patients, and that they improved many of the symptoms shown by the patients. A study at John Hopkins also shows that mushrooms have a positive effect on terminal cancer patients who face anxiety due to their impending deaths.

All in all, these illegal compounds seem to bring a helpful hand to mental health issues. Could it be that in the future, we see the use of marijuana, LSD, DMT, mushrooms, and other drugs become legal for medical use? we shall have to see.


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