A portrait of late Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman at the Swiss National Library. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP. Lysergic acid diethylamide was labelled a "problem child" by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image. The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD's psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz. He wanted the drug to be medically researched, convinced it could be a valuable psychiatric tool and lead to a deeper understanding of human consciousness. But through the 1960s, LSD became synonymous with counterculture and anti-authority protests. By the early 1970s, it had been widely criminalised in the West, prompting Hofmann to publish his 1979 memoir, "LSD: My Problem Child". The book, in which Hofmann sought to reassert LSD's potential medical benefits, is … [Read more...] about From ‘problem child’ to ‘prodigy’? LSD, made in Switzerland, turns 75
So-called "Magic Mushrooms" have played their part in America's long, strange trip toward an understanding of mind-altering drugs. Illegal though most of these drugs may be, Faith Salie tells us recent research suggests some of them could have legitimate uses (Originally broadcast March 18, 2018): "Celexa, Effexor, Zoloft, Trazodone …" Ayelet Waldman is no stranger to drugs. "I'm not going to get them all. Lexapro, Wellbutrin …" Diagnosed with a mood disorder, this author and mother of four had tried everything. "I was profoundly, profoundly depressed, suicidally depressed," she said. "I had never been like that in my life." That's when she turned to a drug that might blow your mind… "Kids, mommy's gonna tell you all about the first time she tried acid!" That's right: LSD. In secret, Waldman actually began taking a miniscule amount every three days. It's called microdosing, and it's a controversial yet growing trend among the Silicon Valley crowd. But for her, she … [Read more...] about Can LSD help solve mental health issues?
If you've ever taken a middle or high school health class, chances are you've sat through enough lectures, and maybe even some after-school specials, about the detrimental effects of drugs such as LSD, molly, and ecstasy on the human mind.A new study out of University of California, Davis, however, sheds light on the potential of LSD or MDMA-based treatments as medical solutions to mental disorders.The team at UC Davis began observing hallucinogenic drugs and exploring how they affect neurons, potentially serving as a new approach to treating depression and anxiety, including PTSD and other disorders.The study, published in medical journal Cell Reports, shows how drugs such as LSD and MDMA affect neuron structure significantly enough to repair malfunctioning circuits that can cause depression or anxiety. The fact that dropping acid can rearrange your mind isn't exactly new information, of course – just see the below "Mad Men" clip for what I imagine is a starkly … [Read more...] about LSD, MDMA potentially could treat depression and PTSD, according to new health study
HEALTH 05/24/2018 07:17 pm ET The endgame for psychedelic drugs isn't “microdosing Fridays.” It's treating major mental illness. By Erin Schumaker The idea of using psychedelic drugs to expand consciousness or disrupt negative patterns of thinking had a well-documented moment in the 1950s and 1960s. Now it’s having a cultural revival. Podcast host PJ Vogt talked about secretly taking tiny doses of LSD to see if it would improve his work and life. Novelist Ayelet Waldman wrote about using microdoses of LSD to treat her volatile moods. New York Magazine ran a guide on the microdosing movement. In Silicon Valley, tech companies are holding “microdosing Fridays.” That last tidbit comes from a new book by journalist Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind, in which he offers a winding tour through the history of psychedelics. He also tells the story of a middle-aged man who wanted to find out if it was too late to rewire his … [Read more...] about A Drug Researcher Talks Michael Pollan’s Book, PTSD Treatment And Trump On LSD
A clip from the film Monkey LSD Suicide. Photo: Screen Grab Forget tales of first-year college kids dropping acid and then leaping from their seventh story dorm windows. According to a new Norwegian study, “self acceptance” gained through LSD-use may actually reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour. “Notably, among people with a history of childhood depressive episodes (before age 18 years), psychedelic use was associated with a lower likelihood of suicidal thoughts and suicidal plan,” researchers Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs conclude in their study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in March. The researchers, who are based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, analyzed the US National Health Survey data from 2008 to 2011, looking at survey data from 130,000 randomly selected adults, including nearly 20,000 psychedelic drug users. In their conclusion, the authors argue that the lower … [Read more...] about LSD ‘self-acceptance’ may cut suicide risk