Norway Study: LSD May Be Good For You
By James Donahue
when the late Timothy Leary was promoting the controlled use of LSD for the treatment of certain mental health issues, alcoholism
and prison recidivism, we were also hearing horror stories from government agencies that the psychotic effects were so dangerous
the drug had to be prohibited.
a Schedule 1 drug, people caught by authorities possessing, selling or manufacturing LSD are usually sentenced to long prison
terms. Yet some contemporary psychologists are arguing that the drug has been given a bum rap. They are asking for a relaxation
of the laws so they can have permission to study the effects of the drug and consider it as a tool for treatment of a variety
of human habitual problems and some forms of mental illness.
Leary, a trained psychologist, claimed success in treating patients with LSD and other mind altering drugs under
controlled conditions. He popularized LSD in the 1960s with lectures and books that encouraged students in the United States
and Europe to "turn on, tune in and drop out." Needless to say Leary was arrested and imprisoned for drug-related crimes.
When LSD was declared illegal in the late 1960s, the propaganda machine
went into full gear. Warnings were issued about "bad trips" and cases where users went insane, never to recover from "an acid-induced
One report, still available
on line, reads: "The ability to make sensible judgments and see common dangers is impaired. An LSD user might try to step
out a window to get a closer look at the ground. He might consider it fun to admire the sunset, blissfully unaware that he
is standing in the middle of a busy intersection.
LSD users experience flashbacks, or a recurrence of the LSD trip, often without warning, long after taking LSD. LSD users
may manifest relatively long-lasting psychoses or severe depression," the story said.
A new study published in the PLOS One journal by researchers Pal-Orjan Johansen and Teri Krebs of the Norwebian
University of Science and Technology found that the warnings published in American scientific journals are nothing more than
fabricated fiction designed to frighten potential users away from trying LSD.
The study, which analyzed data on over 130,000 Americans who answered drug use surveys between 2001 and 2004,
found "there were no significant associations between lifetime use of any psychedelics, or use of LSD in the past year, and
increased rate of any of the mental health outcomes. Rather, in several cases, psychedelic use was associated with a lower
rate of mental health problems."
wrote: "Over the past 50 years tens of millions of people have used psychedelics and there just is not much evidence of long-term
Johansen added that earlier
studies claiming psychedelic drugs damaged mental health "had been based on a small number of case reports from patients who
were already mentally ill."
that other research has found that LSD "interacts with a specific type of serotonin receptors in the brain, which may stimulate
to new connections and open the mind for new perspectives and possibilities."
Another paper on the subject noted that investigators found that after using LSD, it was common for alcoholics
"to claim significant insights into their problems, to feel that they had been given a new lease on life, and to make a strong
resolution to discontinue their drinking."
Leary, members of "The Merry Pranksters" who followed the Grateful Dead band, and other notables including Albert Hofmann,
the Swiss chemist who accidentally invented LSD, consumed large amounts of the drug for much of their lives, escaped any ill
effects is significant.
radical as a recreational drug, LSD is not harmful, it is not addictive, and if anything, it might well be an important tool
for solving addictive and some psychological misbehavior.