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Want to Quit Drinking? Try LSD Instead!

LSD can keep you Sober -- suggests some meta-analysis of research conducted 30 years ago. Will potential for therapeutic success treating alcoholism revive research into psychedelics?

Research out of Norway suggests that LSD can cure your alcoholism. For real.

Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, was used in the 1960s and 70s for all sorts of research. Some of that research involved alcoholics and alcoholism. Now modern day researchers in Norway re-analyzed that research using a sometimes controversial method known as “meta analysis”, to see if the entire collection of data from multiple studies might reveal more than the individual studies did on their own back then.

Proponents of meta analysis are often criticized for their less-than-realistic interpretation of raw data. They often used complex statistical methods to work around complications that make more direct analysis impossible. Since they are not actually doing the data collection, meta analysts ignore factors that could be very significant if it were possible to include them, according to critics.

In this case, meta analysis suggests that doses of LSD may have been more effective than anti-drinking drugs like daily naltrexone (ReVia), acamprosate (Campral), or disulfiram (Antabuse).

 

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A goal of this analysis work appears to be increasing research on not only LSD, but shorter-acting psychedelics such as mescaline, psilocybin, or dimethyltryptamine. I’m guessing these foreign researchers are not fully aware of our fondness for large pharmaceutical companies here in the US.

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  1. Debra Rincon Lopez says:

    I wouldn’t recommend changing one addiction for another? but, I don’t think switching one drug for another is a good thing at all? But, to each his own? I doubt if I would ever consider this at all? I used to be a diehard alcoholic myself in the past, but I asked GOD for HELP & I haven’t drank any alcohol in over 8 yrs now! Nor do I crave it ever, it’s as if that former person was somebody else.

  2. Scott McMillin says:

    Well, it helps to see the Norwegian study as part of a longstanding effort by various researchers to obtain authorization (and presumably funding) for more human research using LSD, which at present is prohibited. Here’s such a group that’s US-based.
    http://www.heffter.org/about.htm

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