-by Vania Andre, Staff Writer; Image: LSD Stamps (Image Source: Nature.com)
There’s a case for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, but what about LSD? A new report released Friday suggests LSD can be used to treat alcoholism.
LSD can prevent patients from relapsing during alcohol abuse treatment, researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology found.
“A single dose of LSD has a significant beneficial effect on alcohol misuse,” the researchers wrote.
The study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
“LSD worked in an entirely different way than any current psychiatric drugs,” Teri Krebs, researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. “Many patients said they had gained a new appreciation for their alcohol problem and new motivation to address it.”
The study involved 536 alcoholics. Two-thirds of the participants were given LSD. 59 percent of those given LSD did not relapse, compared to the 38 percent of those who were not given the drug.
“Given the evidence for a beneficial effect of LSD on alcoholism, it is puzzling why this treatment approach has been largely overlooked,” the researchers wrote in the study.
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