Way back in 1950 to 1970 worldwide there were many research centers that conducted trials to investigate how well LSD might treat a range of disorders one most specifically alcohol addiction.  In those days it was increasingly difficult to conduct clinical trials; by then the drug had been banned for non-medical use because it had not demonstrated that it had any medical use.  So as of today’s standards not all the experiments would be good but some might.  Teri Brebs and Pal-Orjan Johansen are researchers currently affiliated to the Department of Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) they authored a study that suggest the reason that medical interest in LSD gradually went down was probably because they had design problems.  They are quoted as saying, “many scientists expected unrealistically good results from a single dose, and tended to ignore effects that lasted less than a year.  Importantly, many of the individual studies did not have enough patients to reach a conclusion by themselves.”

These researchers took a look at six different published experiments and put them through a rigorous quantitative meta-analysis.  Those trials did have patients to receive either LSD or a comparison treatment.  There were 536 volunteer patients who were all receiving alcoholism treatment.  The trials took place in Canada or US.

All of these findings conclude that their results unambiguously show that LSD help patients heavily addicted to alcohol and made it less likely they would relapse.  They quote, “a single dose of LSD had a positive treatment effect that lasted at least six months.  There has been a need for better treatments for addiction.  We think it is time to look at the use of psychedelics in treating various conditions.

The authors are saying that they don’t know how LSD works to treat alcohol addiction but they know the drug is non-toxic and non-addictive and that it has a “striking effect on the imagination, perception and memories.”  What’s that you say it is non-addictive?  There needs to be a study done on just that one statement.  I do not believe that it is non-addictive or non-toxic.  This looks like research done to get a person off one drug give him another.

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