LSD And Other Psychedelic Drugs Could Actually Improve Your Mental Health, Study Says

By Susan Scutti on August 20, 2013 1:03 PM EDT

Clinical trial samples of LSD
Researchers find that use of LSD does not increase a person’s risk of mental health problems and may even be beneficial for some. (Photo: Multidisciplinary Association )

In Native American ceremonies, the hallucinogenic substance peyote has been used sacramentally, and in the early 1960s, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as 'acid') was administered by healthcare professionals to many patients, including the actor Cary Grant, for therapeutic purposes. Yet, hallucinogenic substances have also garnered a negative reputation among those who fear or dislike 'street' use of these drugs.

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After analyzing data from a U.S. national health survey, Teri Krebs and Pål-Ørjan Johansen, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Department of Neuroscience, have determined that use of LSD, magic mushrooms, or peyote does not increase a person's risk of developing mental health problems.

In fact, the researchers found that 'lifetime use' of LSD may be associated with less psychiatric medicine prescriptions and lower frequency of outpatient treatment for issues of mental health.

Read the rest at MedicalDaily.com.

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