We are not here to tell you what to do.
In fact, I think legally I’m supposed to tell you not to do drugs. So yeah, don’t do drugs. But if you’re thinking about taking drugs, maybe this article will help.
According to Reuters, scientists have for the first time scanned the brains of people using LSD and “found the psychedelic drug frees the brain to become less compartmentalized and more like the mind of a baby.”
In this sense, LSD (short for lysergic acid diethylamide) makes the brain more complete. And on top of that, it makes you less of a pompous asshole.
“For the first time, we can really see what’s happening in the brain during the psychedelic state, and can better understand why LSD had such a profound impact on self-awareness,” the researchers said.
According to Gizmodo, research stalled on the drug during the late 1960s when it was criminalized. But after a recent study by Dr. Robin Cahart-Harris (Imperial College London), it’s clear that LSD may have more therapeutic uses than once imagined.
That said, you’ll still find charts like the one below we found on a family-friendly addiction website.
As humans develop from infancy to adulthood, the brain transforms into a more compartmentalized one (which is more common sense than modern science). As you get older, you become more and more of a high-strung jerk. And in a nutshell, LSD has the ability to press the “reset” button for this specifically.
Here are some other interesting findings from the study:
- LSD primarily affects the primary visual cortex, the part of the brain that helps us process our environment and identify color, see contrasts and lines, and help with spatial orientation.
- Taking acid reduces your sense of self, or ego. For most, this translates to feelings of universal connectedness (which is why some users describe their acid trips as being transcendent or religious-like).
- Acid trips bear a striking resemblance to certain psychological disorders, including early stage psychosis, schizophrenia, and depression. In all these cases, a certain inflexibility exists in the brain. Carhart-Harris hopes that certain drugs—including psychedelics—can be used to “reboot” the brain as a way to remove this inflexibility.
With the amount of issues that stem from mental diseases and unhealthiness, let alone the amount of people struggling with these disorders alone, I’m not opposed to keeping this discussion moving.
Yes, drugs are bad. But you know what else is bad? Depression, Benzodiazepine-dependency, suicide, and murders…all of which are effects of bad mental health.