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Researchers: Reconsider LSD For Medical Use

March 12, 2012 by  

Researchers: Reconsider LSD For Medical Use

Norwegian researchers studying the results of studies conducted more than 40 years ago say there is convincing evidence that the powerful psychedelic LSD should be re-examined as an option for treatment against addiction and other mental conditions.

The researchers examined six different studies of LSD and alcoholism that were scientifically sound by today’s standards, in which patients were randomly assigned, as if by tossing a coin, to receive either LSD or a comparison treatment. They combined all the data from these studies, involving a total of 536 people. They contend that, to date, this is the most comprehensive study of these experiments conducted from 1966 until 1970.

In the studies some of the alcoholic patients were given a large dose of the drug on one treatment day and some patients were given a small dose of LSD, while control patients received a low dose of LSD or a stimulant drug — or nothing.

“In independent and standardized follow-up examinations, ranging from one to twelve months later, all of the studies showed that the patients who had received a full dose of LSD fared the best. On average, 59 per cent of full-dose patients showed a clear improvement compared with 38 per cent in the other groups,” say Teri Krebs and Pål-Ørjan Johansen, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

By 1971, LSD was banned for non-medical use. Although the drug was and is still permitted as an experimental medical treatment, it became increasingly difficult to conduct clinical trials. Despite the promising studies, LSD was claimed to have no demonstrated medical use. There may be several reasons for this, the researchers explained.

In an era when 10 percent of all Americans are taking prescription antidepressants and more battling various forms of addiction, Krebs and Johansen are among a growing number of mental health professionals advocating research of unconventional psychological treatments.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • GILLYSROOMS from Australia

    What a load of crud excuse my language.. I am astonished the matter is even being raised…

    There are still people in mental institutions in Australia for the very reason they were using LSD as a ‘recreational’ drug in the 1960′s and 70′s…so I doubt LSD should be encouaged unless it deemed less harmfull than the current ice and heroine sellection of drugs which I’m doubting.
    Sure do more research but do it on the researchers themselves first it they saying it will be beneficial…

    • Karolyn

      I understand where you’re coming from, Gilly. However, under strict control and dosage, it is a different story. Having had experience with and around it back then, the composition was always in question, and people just took their chances. I knew many people who used it fairly often for the year or so that they used it before going on to bigger and “better” drugs; and none of them had a bad enough trip that they ended up in the hospital. I would think that the mentality of the user would have everything to do with them being hospitalized for life. If they already suffered from mental illness, it would have been exacerbated. I am not a suppporter of using one drug to get off another; however, there are rationales for it, especially with particularly hard cases.

    • Robert Smith

      Sheesh Gilly, can’t understand the notion of “medicaly supervised” compared to street use? In street use one never knows the content of what is ingested. Thus bad trips can happen.

      Cary Grant was given LSD many times. No problem and it is thought there was therapudic gain.

      Not all doctors are evil money grubbers. Some care about patients.


      • Deerinwater

        Right Karolyn and Robert! LSD was a very easy drug to overdose with. Such a tiny bit having some HUGE effects and with all street drug, consistency could never be assured.

        The Exposing some of the “truths” about the spiritual and physical world can and did send many people over the edge, never to return. But for those that did, it was an enlightening experience.

        Selection of the right subjects would be more important, starting out with the worst cases, those having little left to lose.

        If more people had a better understanding of wondrous nature of “life forces” this would give them the “tools” to make the correction they need to make to live a healthy more productive life.

      • mark

        Well u just dont take it then..

      • mark

        Just like obama, make choices for every one else. After all america is diapearing anyway

      • http://naver samurai

        No illegal drugs becoming legal! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Karolyn

    I read about this last week. It would seem to me that if acid is good for treating alcoholism, it should be good for treating other addictions, since alcohol is just another drug. Having imbibed several times in the late 60s, in some way I can understand the implications. Since LSD “expands” the mind, it might give rise to more awareness and insightful thinking with regard to the addiction. On the other hand, I knew addicts “back in the day” who considered LSD a part of their general substance abuse; although considering its effects, it was not something they used on a daily basis. Interesting concept.

    • Robert Smith

      Karolyn posted: “It would seem to me that if acid is good for treating alcoholism, …”

      According to some around here it is the mission of doctors and big pharma to “treat” problems with long term drug therapies that drain money from the patient on a regular basis. There is no incentive to “cure” someone who is addicted to something.

      I suspect that if LSD really can cure something, just as pot can reduce pain, that there should be a lot of support around here because it will save patients a ton of money.

      But then again I’ve also seen a lot of resistance to new information.


      • Deerinwater

        Hmm? being mindful there are many stages to “alcoholism”, any treatment would a tailored to the individual would be my guess.

        This drug opens~ closed door, door that have been closed to protect self ego and precepts of the world and how you fit in it.

      • http://naver samurai

        No illegal drugs Rob. No exceptions!

    • Erik

      Hey Karolyn, Better living trough chemistry, that’s what I always say!

  • http://personallibertydigest gottaplenty

    You would think Timmothy Lear reincarenated . Maybe his students.

  • Robert Rein


    • LarryH54

      Just an FYI… when you shout like that you lose 50% of your credibility. Talking about lacing the water probably drops you another 50% unless you’re talking about fluoride. (Don’t even get me started on that one! LOL)

      I know some people shout because they can’t see their screens, but there are apps on your computer for that. There really is no need.

    • Erik

      Dear Robert Rein, I say they, the whole senate should be dosed out real good! They should all be taken on a trip,then maybe they will realize the bullsh– trip they have imposed on this country! I think maybe they need to realize there’s a deeper meaning to life then just going with the flow ,and filling their pockets while people suffer! In fact, I think it should be mandatory for all world leaders to be given a good dose of LSD. Who knows? It might do alot of good for this planet! Peace to all !

      • Charlie Brown

        Tune in, turn on and drop acid, mescaline, shrooms and DMT. Feed your head with these gifts from God.

  • Jim K

    My mother was an observer in the LSD research on incarcerated sexual deviants conducted at John Hopkins in the mid 1960′s. She said that the results were very promising for various types of psychosis, not just those of criminal sexual nature.

  • Mike in PA

    I used LSD, the street version, about once a week for over a year and in fact lost my desire for alcohol completely. I have often thought that it was a shame that promising research was abandoned in the wake of the anti-drug hysteria that led to the disasterious and costly failed war on drugs.

    • Robert Smith

      Mike posted: “disasterious and costly failed war on drugs.”

      Iti’s not a war on drugs. It’s a war on Americans.


      • http://naver samurai

        SSDD eh Rob? Get rid of illegal drugs then there would be no problems. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • phoenix

        “it’s not a war on drugs, it’s a war on personal freedom. try to keep that in mind at all times. thank you.” – the late, great bill hicks

      • http://naver samurai

        There is no personal freedom when it comes to drugs, Phoenix. They destroy more then they help. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Erik

      Hey Mike, Better living thru chemistry, that’s what I always say!

  • Charlie Brown

    I love Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

    • http://naver samurai

      Too much kool aid on a daily basis. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Charlie Brown

        For God and Country? Kept drinking their Cool Aid, I see. Served to you by banksters and their prostitute politicos. America, the once beacon of freedom has been extinguished.

      • Erik

        Hey samurai, You sound just like a parrot! God and Country, God and Country…on and on………… Can’t you switch to something like truth and justice for awhile,and give it a rest?

    • Erik

      Hey Charlie Brown, Me too!

      • Charlie Brown

        Hey Erik, Tune in, Turn on, Drop Acid, Mescaline, Shooms and DMT. Feed your head with these gifts from God.

  • Russ

    Most drug addicts are on prescription drugs. I have known many of them and it’s a lifetime thing. I guess because our Momma and Daddy (Government) make prescription drugs legal that people believe it’s ok. I am for liberty and a person deciding what they consume,
    smoke, take or otherwise. I am tired of Govt telling me what is best for me or wrong for me.
    You see how well they (Govt) know what is best for all of us, just look at the shape our country is in. They cannot run a budget with a free credit card, but want to tell you and me
    how to conduct our business. Psychopaths are running the world from the top down.

    • Erik

      Hi Russ! you’re 100% right on! The world is a madhouse, and always will be! I can’t help believing that there must be something better then this planet in the universe. The way I look at it, this present exsistence is just a stop off point on the way to something else,and hopefully something better…..Peace to you and yours!

  • s c

    Consider the possibility that drugs explain why Congress and the W H has been so screwed-up for so many years, people. Being plastered on alcohol would be more obvious.
    Combine reinforced programming with various drugs (lsd, etc.), and America gets another crop of drug-induced, mentally-challenged and devolved politicians. Throw in lots of money, and the pieces seem to fit together.
    The best government that money and drugs can buy. What a waste of time, lives and America’s wealth.


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