View Full Version : LSD should be considered for alcoholism treatment, study says

03-09-2012, 05:12 PM
Decades ago, researchers would examine LSD's effects on various health conditions including pain, anxiety, and alcoholism. A new study suggests it might be time to revisit the mind-altering drug's therapeutic uses. The study found lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as acid, could help serious alcoholics sober up. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57394097-10391704/lsd-should-be-considered-for-alcoholism-treatment-study-says/?tag=cbsnewsTwoColLowerPromoArea;fd.morenews

03-09-2012, 05:29 PM
There's a couple of psychedelic drugs that should be being used and researched in the medical community right now that aren't. LSD, Ayahuasca, DMT, and Ibogaine, have ALL known to be able to cure alcoholism. People have been going to Mexico for a long time now to go on Ibogaine retreats to cure their alcoholism.

A naturally occurring hallucinogen advocated by some clinicians as a potent anti-addiction drug has been rigorously studied for the first time, confirming its ability to block alcohol craving in rodents, and clarifying how it works in the brain.
The new research findings about the drug Ibogaine open the way for development of other drugs to reverse addiction without it's side effects, potentially adding to the small arsenal of drugs that effectively combat addiction.

John Hopkins also did some interesting research that said Psychedelic mushrooms help depression and improve temperament for a period of time. Tis a shame that psychedelia is the most misunderstood and propagandized sect of medicine.

03-10-2012, 01:44 PM
IMO, "acid" and "sober" don't belong in the same paragraph - let alone sentence.

03-10-2012, 05:28 PM
IMO, "acid" and "sober" don't belong in the same paragraph - let alone sentence.

'Acid' really is the worst nickname this drug could have got. Lsd is short for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, it's not what we think of as "acid", in the sense that this compound isn't corrosive. It's actually very safe physically, there have been no recordings of an LSD overdose in human history (contrary to what you might have heard), because it has an extremely safe LD 50/50 rate. Lysergic acid received its name as it was a product of the lysis of various ergot alkaloids.

& it actually is very effective in treating alcoholism, along with a couple other things.


Some studies in the 1950s that used LSD to treat alcoholism professed a 50% success rate,[29] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysergic_acid_diethylamide#cite_note-28) five times higher than estimates near 10% for Alcoholics Anonymous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholics_Anonymous).

End of Life Anxiety

From 2008-2011 there has been ongoing research in Switzerland into using LSD to alleviate anxiety for terminally ill cancer patients coping with their impending deaths. Preliminary results from the study are promising, and no negative effects have been reported.


LSD was studied in the 1960s by Eric Kast as an analgesic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analgesic) for serious and chronic pain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain) caused by cancer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer) or other major trauma.[33] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysergic_acid_diethylamide#cite_note-32) Even at low (sub-psychedelic) dosages, it was found to be at least as effective as traditional opiates, while being much longer lasting in pain reduction (lasting as long as a week after peak effects had subsided). Kast attributed this effect to a decrease in anxiety; that is to say they were not experiencing less pain, but rather being less distressed by pain. This reported effect is being tested (though not using LSD) in an ongoing (as of 2006) study of the effects of the psychedelic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_drug) tryptamine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryptamine) psilocybin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psilocybin) on anxiety (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anxiety) in terminal cancer patients.

Cluster headaches

LSD has been used as a treatment for cluster headaches (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_headache), an uncommon but extremely painful disorder. Case reports indicate that LSD and psilocybin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psilocybin) can reduce cluster pain and also interrupt the cluster-headache cycle, preventing future headaches from occurring.

& an aide to Psychotherapy

In the 1950s and 1960s LSD was used in psychiatry to enhance psychotherapy. Some psychiatrists believed LSD was especially useful at helping patients to "unblock" repressed subconscious material through other psychotherapeutic methods,[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysergic_acid_diethylamide#cite_note-20) and also for treating alcoholism

This drug, and psychedelia in general, are very stigmatized, and a lot of people have a hard time accepting that these drugs do have medical value.


I've done LSD about 10-15 times. I (personally) don't think it should be used as a recreational drug, say in the way that alcohol is used, but rather a tool for spiritual practices. (& medical purposes)

Personally, I think we need Shamans, we need people with experience with the drug, to be able to guide neophytes along the journey. Where people get in trouble is they don't know how to do drugs. It's an art form, it takes practice. Anything worth doing takes practice, learning to walk, learning to talk, riding a bike, learning to drive, learning to make love, & this is no different. An increasing amount of westerners have been forced to travel to central and south America in order to be guided by Shamans in order to cure things like their alcoholism.

I'll be very interested to see the evolution of perception in America regarding these drugs in the coming years. The age of information is upon us, you can't hide the truth forever.

03-10-2012, 06:28 PM
It can also be used to pitch no-hitters.


03-15-2012, 09:27 PM

Not really about LSD, but this guy has a great story about going to Costa Rica to take part in a Shamanic Ibogaine retreat.

03-15-2012, 10:24 PM
It gets a bad wrap because of the stereotypes attached to it, yet plenty of modern medicine has far more damaging chemicals in them.

I've never tried LSD but that animated short about the no-no had me laughing.