LSD to Treat Depression and Anxiety
New studies that are based on old research from decades ago shows that the drug Lysergic Acid Diethlymide may not be as harmful as the government says it is. This is great news when you consider all of the money that was spent with the war on drugs which was supposed to keep people from using LSD and other recreational drugs, and charging them with crimes if they were. The drug itself was discovered by accident in the laboratory of Albert Hoffman while he was performing research for a respiratory treatment. It seems when he accidentally absorbed enough of the drug to have his own mystical experiences, he decided to look into performing other research when it comes to treating substance abuse and mental health conditions.
How does LSD help with symptoms of depression and anxiety?
Research during the 1950’s, just prior to the Cultural Revolution a decade later that was led by Timothy Leary, showed that a standard dose LSD could invoke mystical hallucinations that would bring a person into deep contact with their psyche. Those who took part in the research studies said that they encountered traumatic memories from way back in their childhood.
Some of these test subjects even added that the memories were very distressing and can last up to ten hours. In response, one medical professional who was leading the study suggested that some of the memories would not be pleasant but encouraged them, because they would not last long and eventually result in a release of fear. As they say in Anonymous groups, “this too shall pass”. Once they made it through the rough ten hours, they slept off the effects.
How does this drug help with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression? By coming into contact with the deepest part of your psyche, you are forced to face the underlying issue of why you are depressed or anxious in the first place. It is usually in relation to something tragic that happened way back in your childhood. As the years pass, it just gets buried in your subconscious until something else triggers it later in life that either forces you to deal with it or self-medicate through drugs and alcohol.
The process of self-medicating, be it through drugs or alcohol, or even conventional pharmaceuticals is the same thing as basically putting a Band-Aid over it and pretending that the traumatic situation simply never even happened. This can work so well that you never really figure out what the core of your emotional struggles are; thus you end up believing that you merely have an untreatable illness such as addiction or a chemical imbalance like depression.
Once you come in contact with the underlying issue, you will have to deal with it or you will never be able to live a full life that you were meant to have. The vast majority of traumatic experiences in childhood are those that are of a sexual, physically abusive, or emotionally abusive nature. These usually are more likely to get buried in one’s past due to the guilt and shame that the victim experiences. This is especially true if sexual abuse was violent.
Physical abuse is a step above sexual because it is just as traumatic and can leave a person too scared to deal with life challenges. By taking a psychedelic drug like LSD and journeying to the center of their psyche, they can face their fears head on and forgive their abuser so that they can move forward with their life. Emotional abuse can also be very traumatic.
The process of learning to let go
The end goal of life is to move forward. As a wise, yet humorous saying goes, “we should always look forward because that is the direction that we are always traveling”. However, it is hard to move forward when there is excess baggage which needs to be offloaded somewhere because it is weighing us down. Although everybody has baggage, it is harder to deal with if it is buried deep within our subconscious mind.
This is where medical process like hypnosis and recreational drugs will come in handy. We can open our minds while we look at all the things that happened throughout our life with greater clarity. Some of these things that we see may surprise us because some things have long been forgotten. The biggest benefit of psychedelic and recreational drugs like LSD is that, by bringing all of this “stuff” that was pushed back into our minds to the forefront, it then raises our consciousness up so that we know how to deal with it properly, The end result is that we are now empowered to move forward with our life, hopes, and dreams.
- E Bishop Wooten
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