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.

the savant in all of us…

Autistic savants have always appealed to me–the idea that a person could be a startling genius but also mentally handicapped is a crazy thought. Before I continue to the point of this post, I must pay homage to the real Rain Man, Kim Peek, who died recently. The movie Rainman starring Tom Cruise was based on his life story.

Now onto Orlando Serrell. I made the discovery on him from an article in Neatorama, an online source of interesting tidbits. The article is entitled the “10 most fascinating savants”. For the article, go here:http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/05/10-most-fascinating-savants-in-the-world/

Orlando is a savant without the typical mental handicap of autism. When he was a young boy, he was injured in a game of basketball. After a series of headaches, he realized that he now had new abilities in math and other areas. What’s fascinating is the fact that previous to the basketball game, he did not show any of these abilities, then after being hit in the head with a basketball, became a savant without paying the price of autism.

So the question is: if a certain part of our brain is triggered, could we all pocesses the genius of autistic savants?

intriguing.

To read more about Orlando, visit his site : http://www.orlandoserrell.com/about.htm