LSD cures depression? Scientists plead for cash to fund ‘exciting’ drug study

Reuters / Jacky Naegelen

British scientists are asking the public for financial backing to push forward an “exciting” study exploring the positive impacts of psychedelic drugs like LSD on the brain.

The study, carried out as part of a psychedelic research project by neuroscientists at Imperial College London, is expected to “revolutionize” scientists understanding of the brain.

To date, the project has been partially funded by Imperial College London and the Beckley Foundation. However, researchers are now in need of £25,000 to analyze scans.

Scientists belief LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) can be used to treat addictions, depression and chronic pain.

So far, 20 healthy volunteers, including 15 men and 5 women, were injected with 75 microgram of LSD. Their brain activity was then scanned to review the effects.

The drug is produced in crystalline form and then mixed with excipients (natural or synthetic substance), or diluted to make it ingestible. It’s described as having a “bitter” taste.

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