The Benefits of LSD: Enhanced Creativity
It seems hard to believe that the hard drug known as LSD, or acid, has actually made contributions to society. This is because when people think of drugs like LSD, they do not normally think of the potential benefits; they only remember the tripping hippies who were dying of overdoses during the 1960’s.
LSD itself was discovered by accident in a laboratory back in the 1930’s by Albert Hoffman and was used in clinical research over the next 30 years. It all started when Hoffman was researching something he could use to treat respiratory issues, until he accidentally absorbed some of the drug and begin to experience intense hallucinations. This was in 1938 and it was not until twenty years later that he revisited the drug that it became more widespread to treat an assorted variety of mental health disorders.
The studies showed that in a strong dose of 200 mcg, the drug could help one detach from reality long enough to get in touch with their psyche. It was only when the drug became popular during the Cultural Revolution that the government decided to ban the drug and throw money away in the so-called War on Drugs which was unwinnable at all costs.
So what were some of the benefits of LSD?
Had it not been for drugs like LSD, we may have never had such great rock n’ roll music during its heyday in the 1960’s. This was the period known as the British Invasion Era. Have you ever heard the song by The Beatles’ entitled “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”? If you look closely you can see the acronym for LSD. Also if you ever listen to the song, you can tell they were singing about an acid trip. It is one of their few songs that does not make any sense, yet has a good melody just the same.
One of the benefits of LSD is that it gets you in touch with your psyche. This has unlimited power to release an artistic creative person’s creative potential. There was another song by the four man band from Liverpool, England that was titled “Strawberry Fields Forever” that was recorded during an acid trip.
Enhanced creativity with LSD
In another scenario, there was a female who had an idea for an experiment with an artistic friend who used LSD. This girl sat and observed her artistic friend draw a series of self-portraits for about ten hours just to see what would happen as time went along. The first 15 minutes, the artist drew like she normally did. You could not tell she had just taken the minimum dose of 200 mcg which would induce hallucinations. During the next half hour she could draw self-portraits without even watching herself in a mirror.
Over the next hour, the artist’s colors start to become more vibrant. Also the hair she is drawing is getting longer. The self-portraits start to come alive with color at a quarter past two hours and by three and a half, she is no longer drawing in any eyes on her little hand-drawn selfie. After six hours and over a half-dozen self-portraits, the artist on LSD gives up on the black pencil and everything is in color.
At eight hours, the artist and her observant friend are listening to Pink Floyd in the dark and she is still drawing herself. Her picture is wearing a costume mask over her eyes by the looks of the painting. After nine hours, the artistic person was no longer able to draw what was inside of her head because, as she said it, there was just too much going on outside of her own head.
As you can see from the strung out artist and the Beatles’, they totally reinvented themselves while under the influence of LSD. The Beatles’ started experimenting with the benefits of LSD during the mid-1960. This was about the height of their career 50 years ago around this time. As for the self-portrait, it was more colorful and vibrant. The latter revealed the creative potential that we are all capable of when we get in touch with our inner psyche and get away from the hustle and bustle of what is known as normative consensus reality. The benefits of psychedelic drugs like LSD have the capabilities to show us who we really and what we are capable of without having it suppressed by conforming to the demands of everyday life.
-E Bishop Wooten
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