Research finds that LSD can lead to better psychological health long term. 20 Participants in a study done by researchers at Imperial College London were given a 75 microgram dose of LSD and then subjected to tests, which were then repeated two weeks later. The study found that the dose made the participants more optimistic and open to experience. This article posted on The Telegraph explains:
Study lead Dr Robert Carhart-Harris noted that the drug produced “robust psychological effects, including heightened mood but also high scores on the PSI, an index of psychosis-like symptoms. Increased optimism and trait openness were observed two weeks after LSD (and not placebo) and there were no changes in delusional thinking.” Researchers believe that taking LSD brings on an “increased cognitive flexibility [that] leaves a residue of ‘loosened cognition’ in the mid to long term that is conducive to improved psychological wellbeing.”
And this is not the only recent study done to show the positive effects of LSD. Another demonstrated that LSD could reduce cases of domestic violence due to the compassionate component of the drug. Some believe tests like this could potentially have a huge clinical impact. “Peter S. Hendricks from the University of Alabama says that they’re still trying to understand the benefits of using LSD in this way. “One explanation,” he offers, “is that they can transform people’s lives by providing profoundly meaningful spiritual experiences that highlight what matters most.” To read more about the study’s findings click here.