We’ve always been warned about the psychological and physical side effects of using psychoactive drugs, but UK scientists are now conducting studies with these drugs to explore their abilities in helping cure various mental health problems.
Scientists have reported that cannabis has shown positive potential for helping treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and insomnia. Ketamine, used as an anesthetic in both animals and humans, has shown positive results in helping treat depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal behavior; releasing potent antidepressant effects within just two hours. Could this potentially be the scientific breakthrough for treating depressive disorders once and for all?
Psilocybin, the active compound found in magic mushrooms, has shown promising results for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), addiction and depression. MDMA, the potent powder form of ecstasy, could help treat those with Parkinson’s and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Perhaps most surprisingly, despite often being accused of helping cause psychological problems, LSD could, in fact, help treat anxiety, inflammatory disorders, and alcoholism.
Despite the positive results of early studies, UK scientists, in particular, have to battle through a lot of red tape in order to be allowed to conduct such studies; studies of which governing bodies are fiercely restrictive towards.
Scientist David Nutt, a respected professor of neuropsychopharmacology and former government chief drug advisor, has taken a revolutionary step towards the future of scientific funding. Nutt is appealing for help from the public to help fund these studies via the new start-up science crowdfunding platform, Walacea.
To date, Nutt has administered 20 participating adults with a moderate dose of LSD in order to examine its effect on the brain using imaging studies. MEG and fMRI measure brain function, taking images and video of brain activity.
Nutt believes LSD will work in a similar way to the psilocybin in magic mushrooms; by reducing blood flow to the control centers of the brain and enhancing brain connectivity.
Would you help support Nutt’s studies? We’d love to hear your opinion on if and why you would help fund Nutt. Check out the video below of Nutt’s crowdfunding video:
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