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Pollan’s book speaks about how LSD has historically been used primarily as a recreational drug, which has given psychedelics, along with other “drugs” (weed), a bad reputation as a festival drug with no medicinal value.
But scientific testing is being done using LSD in very precise amounts to treat serious depression, namely PTSD, and to help terminally ill people coop with their impending death. Big picture kind of stuff.
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Although most people imagine the brain lighting up on acid, some of the studies find brain scans with low-level activity, similar to scans of brains working on a needs-be basis. That means the part of our brain focused on our narrative, our ego (what we think about ourselves and how we incessantly think about our lives) is dormant. Psychedelics quieting the ego could allow for dramatic transformation.
LSD isn’t making people (in these studies) lose their minds, it’s quieting them.
While not enough is known about LSD’s full potential, scientists have administered it in very precise doses to not only rats but to people with serious mental illness. Whereas a frat party might dole out tabs with no discrimination as to height, weight, mental history or sensibilities to freaking out, science has the ability to dose intravenously and in very exact amounts to better control the outcome.
This shift of enlightenment and openness to drugs, including non-psychoactive CBD, has people who never sought recreational drug use to find a usefulness in guided psychedelics for health benefits.
Now, we know what you’re thinking…
You damn liberal hippie! Quit hugging that tree and smoking dope and get a real job!
To that end, we thought you’d be proud to know that a number of right-winged conservatives have backed proposed scientific studies on LSD, but we won’t name names. But if we were to, we’d say celebrities from Jack Nicholson all the way to Steve Jobs have reported life-changing positive psychedelic experiences they were more than open to speaking about.