Exploring LSD as a Treatment for Anxiety
LSD has the ability to catalyze mystical and spiritual experiences and this is why some people use it to alleviate their depression. These states allow a person to become better grounded and connected so that they do not experience the fear and panic that typically come with anxiety. Understanding the use of LSD for anxiety is important because simply using the drug is not adequate for alleviating this condition. It is critical that the person uses it properly or else they can experience negative effects that can actually worsen their anxiety.
The use of LSD for anxiety and other mental health troubles dates back to the 1930s. While many people see LSD as a drug that hippies used in the 60s and 70s, the origins of the drug are actually therapeutic. To this day, many people still use LSD as a way to awaken their spiritual side and reduce issues like anxiety and depression.
LSD Microdosing to Alleviate Anxiety
Microdosing refers to using a small amount of LSD to achieve a therapeutic effect without experiencing the more psychedelic effects of the drug. Those using this method typically take a microdose of the drug once every four days to alleviate their anxiety and stabilize their mood. This method also appears to have a calming effect while making the world around you more vivid. This works to ensure a more spiritual experience while also keeping your mood under control so that stressors do not have the power to cause an anxiety attack.
It is important to never microdose LSD without first consulting an established professional for instructions on proper dose and usage. However, the general microdose for LSD when used to improve anxiety and spirituality is approximately 10 to 20 micrograms per dose. This does not cause the hallucinatory effect that LSD is known for. However, it does allow someone to have a more open mind and better focus. When you achieve these states, you are less likely to worry or feed burdened by things that previously caused you to experience anxiety and panic feelings.
Proper Use for Therapeutic Benefit
A small study in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease is unique because it is the first of its kind in four decades. The result from this study concluded that when combined with psychotherapy, LSD in the right amounts and in the right setting is effective and safe for alleviating anxiety in people who have a terminal illness. Scientists speculate that those who do not have a terminal illness, but suffer from anxiety may also have the same benefit. However, due to the problems with legality of LSD, further research has not been pursued.
New York University Tisch Hospital also performed a small study that included 32 patients. They administered 0.3 milligrams per kilogram of the patient’s bodyweight of psilocybin. The patients also received psychotherapy as part of a comprehensive treatment regimen. The psychotherapy was given before the administration of the drug and approximately six to eight hours after administration. After being given the drug and going into their psychotherapy session, the patients stated the following effects:
These feelings allowed patients to be more open and able to confront things that would normally cause them anxiety in a calm and controlled manner. They were able to achieve a higher sense of purpose and not be controlled by their fears and worries.
The research studies so far have been small, but the results have been promising prompting researchers to want to do further studies with larger patient pools. As of right now, LSD is said to have a good potential for alleviating anxiety when used in the right setting and at the right doses.
As you can see, there is evidence to suggest that LSD might be beneficial for helping to treat anxiety. However, those using this drug for that purpose must understand proper use and the other factors behind ensuring a positive experience. It is generally recommended that people work with someone who is experienced in using LSD as an anxiety treatment so that they can guide you and make sure that you have the best chance at a good experience. This will also help to reduce the risk of any negative effects that are possible during an LSD experience.
- Rosemary Kitchen
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