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posted by janrinok on Wednesday February 11 2015, @04:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the lucy-in-the-sky-with-diamonds dept.

Beginning in the nineteen-fifties, psychedelics had been used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including alcoholism and end-of-life anxiety. The American Psychiatric Association held meetings centered on LSD. Some of the best minds in psychiatry had seriously studied these compounds in therapeutic models, with government funding.

Between 1953 and 1973, the federal government spent four million dollars to fund a hundred and sixteen studies of LSD, involving more than seventeen hundred subjects. Through the mid-nineteen-sixties, psilocybin and LSD were legal and remarkably easy to obtain. Sandoz, the Swiss chemical company, gave away large quantities of Delysid—LSD—to any researcher who requested it, in the hope that someone would discover a marketable application.

Now, forty years after the Nixon Administration effectively shut down most psychedelic research, the government is gingerly allowing a small number of scientists to resume working with these powerful and still somewhat mysterious molecules.

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @10:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @10:45PM (#143836)

    Your bare quote seems to be saying that LSD related effects are normal.
    If phosphenes are normal, then LSD related effects are not phosphenes.
    Read the erowid link.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @11:05PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @11:05PM (#143849)

    I have read it but schedule 1 drugs research of the 80's then to be flawed since a positive publication would mark the end of your funding. The leading theory on post lsd visual disturbance is that while the phosphenes where amplified/boosted/modulated by the LSD, your visual system could not ignore them anymore and you became to irreversibly aware of what was there but hidden in plain sight. (a 12h training of the visual cortext to classify those patterns instead of discarding them)

    But PTST is a real possibility in case of a high intensity bad trip, however this kind of posttraumatic stress respond really well to therapy...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @11:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @11:57PM (#143869)

      But PTST is a real possibility in case of a high intensity bad trip, however this kind of posttraumatic stress respond really well to therapy...

      Psychedelics, particularly MDMA (Ecstasy), are some of the best and most effective treatments known for PTSD. [maps.org]

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @12:27AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @12:27AM (#143877)

        Mdma is not a psychedelic... However 80mg of Mdma 20 minutes into the trip is the best way to avoid bad trip...
        It is called candy tripping...
        Mdma + 2c-e = best therapeutical tool ever according to Sasha Shuglin wife

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:19AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:19AM (#143897)

          Mdma is not a psychedelic...

          Its close enough, its a phenethylamine - well technically an amphetamine but all amphetamines are phenethylamines ("amphetamine" stands for "alphamethylphenethylamine"). Its in the same category as the 2C-x series, DO-x series, and TMA-x series of psychedelics, which also includes mescaline. Since you're mentioning Shulgin, you know that MDA and its derivatives are featured in PiHKAL. "Entactogen" vs "psychedelic" vs "entheogen" vs whatever is just semantics.