The first scientific study on LSD in the UK in over 40 years was recetly announced by a team of researchers at the Imperial College in London.
The Independent reported that Dr Robin Carhart-Harris of Imperial College released his research to the public last month.
“We’ve only looked at six brains so far. We’re at an early, but certainly promising, stage. It’s really exciting,” Carhart-Harris told The Independent.
The primary goal of the new study is to find out exactly how the substance effects the brain, and also to discover new medical and therapeutic uses. The researchers also said that they hope that this study will help us to better understand the nature of consciousness.
“I personally think it has a great deal of potential for treating addiction. It’s slightly hypothetical, but it’s based on what we know about the way the brain works, which is that it settles into configurations of activity that seem to underly certain psychopathologies,” Carhart-Harris said.
“Depression and addictions rest on reinforced patterns of brain activity, and a psychedelic will introduce a relative chaos. Patterns that have become reinforced disintegrate under the drug. I’ve used the metaphor of shaking a snowglobe. New things can be learnt at the same time that old things can be unlearnt. It induces a kind of suppleness of mind,” he added.
Carhart-Harris also explained the set and setting that the LSD trials took place in.
“In the therapeutic context, people lie on a couch with their eyes closed and have a very introspective experience. It’s richer; psychologically, it’s more interesting. Without distractions, emotions and memories are more likely to emerge spontaneously,” he said.
Without the creative application of psychedelic drugs it is very possible that the personal computer never would have been invented and DNA may have never been discovered. This isn’t rumor or speculation, Steve Jobs, the mind behind the first Apple computers, ipods, iphones and other revolutionary inventions, has frequently said that his experience with psychedelics were among the most important events in his life. Steve Jobs wasn’t the only technological pioneer who was using psychedelics to boost creativity, Douglas Englebart, the inventor of the computer mouse was also a psychedelic user. Likewise, Francis Crick, the scientist credited with discovering DNA was taking psychedelic drugs when he made his groundbreaking revelation. Years later, another scientist and LSD user by the name of Kary Mullis advanced our knowledge of DNA even further with the development of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, a process that made it possible for scientists to better study how DNA works.
These psychedelic compounds are so important that we cannot let them be suppressed in the extreme manner that we see in western culture. Psychedelics offer us a glimpse into the final frontier of humanity, the consciousness. With these substances we can explore the human imagination for profound insight that will help us in our own personal lives and the bigger picture as well. We must push for new legitimate scientific research into the therapeutic uses for these drugs. These studies will prove, as they have in the past, that psychedelic compounds have many medical and spiritual uses that are necessary for our species to continue the evolution of our consciousness.