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 tapes 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 it and why you would help fund Nutt. Check out the video below of Nutt’s crowdfunding video:

Valerie Soleil, B.A., LL.B.

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    Carlos Benita

    I am a 51 year old female that just found out I have Motor Neuron Disease Parkinson’s about a year and half, but I have been having signs of it for years, tremors, depression, body weakness. ECT. I honestly don’t think my doctor was reading the signs because of my gender and age. A few years ago I had my shoulder lock up on me and I was sent to a P.T since x-rays didn’t show any physical damage. My shaking was getting worse and I began falling. Only when my speech became so bad that it brought concern to my dentist was Parkinson’s even considered. He phoned my doctor with his concerns about my shaking and balance problems. By this time I was forgoing shots in the back of my neck for back and neck pain to which once again I was sent to a P.T (although x-rays showed no damage) I was told I had a few spurs which were most likely causing the pain. Here I was feeling like my whole body was falling apart and doctor could not find anything wrong, maybe in was all in my head? My doctor even seemed annoyed with me and things just kept progressing and I just kept it to myself, why bother going through testing and them finding nothing? Well, it was after my second P.T called my doctor about the weakness in my legs and arms, by this time I have developed a gait in my walk and I fell more frequently. Only then did my doctor send me to a specialist and it was found that I had Parkinson’s, and that I have had it for awhile. I think because I was a woman that my signs and symptoms weren’t taken seriously and therefor left untreated for so long,I was taking pramipexole dihydrochloride three times daily, I Was on carbidopa levodopa but only lasted 90 minutes then wore off.I found that none of the current medications worked effective for me.I got tired of using those medication so I decided to apply natural herbs formula that was prescribed to me by my second P.T. There has been huge progression ever since I start the treatment plan which will last for 15 weeks usage.all the symptoms and sign has begin to disappear .

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