LCD can effectively treat the addiction caused by alcohol – the most commonly used addictive substance in the US and most parts of the world, researchers have recently determined.
The benefits of LSD are more than just using it as a simply recreational tool. According to the many studies carried since the 1950’s, it’s been proved that lysergic acid diethylamide can cure addiction to alcohol and tobacco.
Looking backwards in time at the research reports regarding LSD’s properties, today’s scientists conduct the pioneering experiments in order to achieve better and more detailed results with the modern equipment they now have at hand.
The first-ever quantitative meta-analsys of LSD-alcoholism clinical trials, coordinated by neuroscientist Teri Krebs and clinical psychologist Pal-Orjan Johansen, was held in The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
Putting together data gathered from hundreds of studies conducted along the decades researchers discard any doubts in reference to LSD’s capability to fight against tobacco and alcohol addiction. The study thoroughly analyzed double-blind and randomized trials that compared the subjects’ behavior on both LSD and placebo doses.
The meta-analysis was involving data processing of six trials with more than 536 participants. 59% of the test subjects who were given LSD expressed a substantially diminished tendency to consume alcohol, compared to 38% of the placebo subjects.
LSD comes into picture in cases where strong willpower and moral support are not enough to surpass the desire for alcohol. It appears to slowly redeem its name and resurface as one of the safest and most efficient treatments for this burden that’s troubeling millions worldwide.
The biggest advantage LSD has against any other possible treatment for alcoholism and tobacco addiction is it’s durable effect, lasting from three to six months.
“We were surprised that the effect was so clear and consistent, but when you combine the data in a meta-analysis, we have more than 500 patients and there is definitely an effect.” declared Teri Krebs.
Unlike all the of the studies ran in the last decades, this recent experiment is acknowledged to be highly relevant due to a great number of participants, granting more statistical power, as can be verified in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
The use of psychedelics was very popular among US population, being largely encouraged by the psychiatrists for their wide range of medical purposes in the many physical and mental conditions afflicting more and more people from 1950. It is certainly known that substances like LSD play a significant role in the treatment of schizophrenia, but (food for thought) the severe global politics forcefuly ended any related research, just as scientists were on the brink of making groundbreaking discoveries.
We are witnesses of a growing number of new generation illicit drugs in the last 10 years. Along with LSD, psilocybin and ayahuasca, the scientists’ attention has been drawn by the potential of MDMA’s therapeutic capacity in the case of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and various addictions caused by using of alcohol and tobacco.
Analyzing human’s behavioral responses is the first step in overcoming alcohol and tobacco addiction, and only then will be able to understand how psychedelics work their magic on our physical and mental health.