Midnight In The Desert — LSD

Scientists Made a Startling Discovery About Schizophrenia After Dosing People with LSD

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Scientists Made a Startling Discovery About Schizophrenia After Dosing People with LSD

Scientists in Switzerland dosed test subjects with LSD to investigate how patients with severe mental disorders lose track of where they end and other people begin. Both LSD and certain mental disorders, most notably schizophrenia, can make it difficult for people to distinguish between themselves and others. And that can impair everyday mental tasks and social interactions, said Katrin Preller, one of the lead authors of the study and a psychologist at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Zurich. By studying how LSD breaks down people's senses of self, the researchers aimed to find targets for future experimental drugs to...

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400 People Microdosed LSD for a Month in the Name of Science

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400 People Microdosed LSD for a Month in the Name of Science

In late 2015, Rolling Stone wrote about an unlikely "hot new business trip" taking Silicon Valley by storm: microdosing LSD. It was the post that launched a thousand blogs, and in the year and a half since, nary a media outlet hasn't written about microdosing at least once. As its name suggests, microdosing involves regularly taking hits of acid that are so small (between 1 and 10 micrograms, or below a tenth of a regular dose) that users won't feel any of the trippy effects. Still, the microdosing community swears by the practice and reports boosted creativity, energy and a...

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Psychedelic Therapy and Bad Trips

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Psychedelic Therapy and Bad Trips

I had to ask Anthony Bossis about bad trips. Bossis, a psychologist at New York University, belongs to an intrepid cadre of scientists reviving research into psychedelics’ therapeutic potential. I say “reviving” because research on psychedelics thrived in the 1950s and 1960s before being crushed by a wave of anti-psychedelic hostility and legislation. Psychedelics such as LSD, psilocybin and mescaline are still illegal in the U.S. But over the past two decades, researchers have gradually gained permission from federal and other authorities to carry out experiments with the drugs. Together with physicians Stephen Ross and Jeffrey Guss, Bossis has tested...

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New Insights On The Link Between LSD And Music

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New Insights On The Link Between LSD And Music

The recent study using brains scans taken while volunteers were under the influence of LSD provided never before seen images of how LSD stimulates activity in the areas of the brain responsible for visual processing, thus creating hallucinations and “seeing with eyes shut.” Another part of the study dealt with how music affects the brain during an LSD experience and that deserves further analysis. This is the first time we have witnessed the interaction of a psychedelic compound and music with the brain’s biology. Lead author Mendel Kaelen, a PhD student in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London,...

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Brain scans show how LSD mimics mind of a baby

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Brain scans show how LSD mimics mind of a baby

Scientists have for the first time scanned the brains of people using LSD and found the psychedelic drug frees the brain to become less compartmentalized and more like the mind of a baby. A research team led by scientists at Imperial College London said that while normally the brain works on independent networks performing separate functions such as vision, movement and hearing, under LSD the separateness of these networks breaks down, leading to a more unified system. "In many ways, the brain in the LSD state resembles the state our brains were in when we were infants: free and unconstrained,"...

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