Recent Scientific Study Finds LSD Makes Our Brains More ‘Complete’
Scientists have claimed that they have unlocked the secrets of hallucinogenic drugs and found that LSD makes our brain more ‘complete’.
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that the drug breaks down the bits of the brain that separate functions such as vision and movement, which in turn causes a more integrated brain. In addition, the study found that people who have drug related hallucinations or visions see with different parts of their brain, not just the visual aspect.
This is apparently linked to why some people claim to have religious or spiritual experiences while on hallucinogenic drugs and the effect on a user’s wellbeing could carry on even long after the drug has worn off.
Robin Carhart-Harris, who led the research which saw LSD tested on humans, said:
Normally our brain consists of independent networks that perform separate specialised functions, such as vision, movement and hearing – as well as more complex things like attention.
However, under LSD the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain.
Our results suggest that this effect underlies the profound altered state of consciousness that people often describe during an LSD experience. It is also related to what people sometimes call ‘ego-dissolution’, which means the normal sense of self is broken down and replaced by a sense of reconnection with themselves, others and the natural world.
This experience is sometimes framed in a religious or spiritual way – and seems to be associated with improvements in well-being after the drug’s effects have subsided.
Our brains become more constrained and compartmentalised as we develop from infancy into adulthood, and we may become more focused and rigid in our thinking as we mature. In many ways, the brain in the LSD state resembles the state our brains were in when we were infants: free and unconstrained.
This also makes sense when we consider the hyper-emotional and imaginative nature of an infant’s mind.
So basically we revert back to a childlike way of thinking when on LSD, which is pretty freakin’ cool. According to the researchers these findings could have great implications for psychiatry and helping people overcome mental problems such as depression. Nice work science.
So not only could LSD be used to treat depression and other problems, but it can also help you quit your Facebook addiction.