Posted By Ina Woolcott
Taken from an article entitled “LSD May Shed Hippie Image With Swiss Study of Medical Benefits” from London Bloomberg News
…Rick Doblin is trying to shake the drug’s hippie image and reclaim its use as a medicine. Doblin, who leads a group sponsoring the first study of LSD as a therapy in 36 years, says the new Swiss research may show the drug helps ease anxiety and pain in patients suffering from illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
The research is a homecoming for LSD, which was created in 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, who died this week at the age of 102. The hallucinogen was banned in the 1960s…
“LSD is not a drug for the counter-culture,” said Doblin, of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). “We’re trying to take it out of politics and bring it back into mainstream science.”
Approval for the Swiss study, led by Peter Gasser, a psychiatrist in the canton of Solothurn, followed more than two years of deliberations, including reviews by the country’s ethics body and medical regulators.
In the Swiss study of 12 patients, 8 of the 12 patients will be given 200 milligrams of LSD and 4 a 20-milligram dose, during two psychotherapy sessions 2-4 weeks apart. Patients will get 6-8 more psychotherapy sessions without LSD during the trials, which will last about 18 months. Researchers will assess the patients’ anxiety and pain levels as well as their quality of life.
“For some patients who are under the supervision of trained psychotherapists, LSD can be helpful,” Doblin said. “We’re not trying to say that kids can do LSD at parties.”
“The research that was started in the 1950s was never finished, so we need to look again at LSD without prejudice and purely as scientists,” Sessa said. “We need to adopt a dispassionate and evidence-based approach. There’s no room for Timothy Learys.”
The Swiss People’s Party, which has criticized health office policies such as providing drug addicts with heroin on prescription, is looking for ways to block the study, spokesman Alain Hauert said in an e-mail.
My god, wake up people! The huge potential of LSD to heal people on a mental and spiritual level is staggering. But then I guess big pharma doesn’t want to miss out on the huge profits from selling antidepressant etc. The side effects of antidepressants are so in your face im amazed they haven’t been banned.
In fact, if you have a loved one on antidepressants, you have to know what signs to look out for in case they cause more problems.
It was only because of LSD being abused that it got made illegal, how many people abuse pain killers, antidepressants, alcohol etc today. And they aren’t illegal! Profits are all that matter to some!
Read the full article here
Maps official website: MAPS.org
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