The Surprising Health Benefits of LSD
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It all started with the legalization of cannabis. It seems new studies are coming out all the time about how marijuana has surprising health benefits with regards to healing the body of various illnesses, such as cancer and various mental illnesses due to its calming effect. But enough about the herbal drugs. This article will look at the surprising benefits of taking Lysergic Acid Diethlyamide, or LSD, when it comes to the personal growth of the individual. It seems the hippies back in the 1960’s were onto something; the only problem is how they went about it.
The history behind LSD
Just 30 years before the cultural revolution of the 1960’s, there was a scientist by the name of Albert Hoffman. Dr. Hoffman was working in a laboratory, studying a medical plant and ergot fungus. His purpose at that time was to create a stimulant for the respiratory and circulatory system. Through some chemical composition, Hoffman ended up creating LSD. One day he absorbed it on accident and ended up experiencing strange visions along with fantastic visions.
By just taking what Hoffman thought was a standard dose of LSD, about .25 milligrams, he went on a journey into the center of his own psyche. Now it has been determined that the standard dose is more on the lines of 20 mcg, which can allow LSD to have more optimal results.
Flash forward to the Cultural Revolution
After 30 years of extensive research which led to the compilation of thousands of research papers, the use of LSD exploded in the 1950’s in the treatment of a variety of mental disorders. The new verdict was in: that psychedelic drugs such as LSD could better enable a person’s personal growth by getting in touch and exploring the deepest corners of an individual’s mind who suffered from a serious mental disorder.
So what happened during the 1960’s that stopped the scientific experimentation with this psychedelic drug known as LSD? This period is known as the cultural revolution where many young baby boomers, also known as the hippies, begin to experiment with sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. It is also the Cultural Revolution where these young people wanted to tune out and topple the establishment.
It was not so much the drug itself that led to many issues in society, it has always been the way certain individuals go about using the substances themselves. The psychedelic drugs themselves never really killed anyone; it has always been other external factors:
As we can see, the real issue with the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs lies in the average person’s lack of self-control. It is human nature to have problems with authority. We think we know better than the professionals who studied all of the compiled research. The result is that we begin to experiment in unhealthy ways and then lose our self-control and do something stupid.
The best way to have more self-control is to accept the limits that are placed upon us that is based on the wisdom of those with authority who study the research on these topics. Of course it does not help that many of today’s medical professionals are biased toward “conventional medicines” which claim to be “backed by science”. Other studies have shown the horrific side effects of taking some of these pills, such as antipsychotics and antidepressants.
The more psychedelic drugs often do not have these side effects if they are taken under the guidance of a medical professional; in other words if you do not take more than the standard dose and always consult with your doctor. Keep in mind that you can get high on anything if you take enough of it, even SSRI’s or other anxiety drugs and tranquilizers. A lot of these emotional highs are psychological; in other words you feel high because you think you merely think you are high. Some people get an emotional high simply because they are rejecting established authority which results in an adrenaline rush.
E Bishop Wooten
The Liberal Conservative Blog