Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll are the holy trinity here on The Loon. Next to the mighty art of rock-n-roll itself, the next most important piece of the trinity is probably drugs. Why you ask? Because they’ve probably inspired more great rock tunes than sex has. Compare Pink Floyd (drug inspired) to Def Leppard (sex inspired.)

Look, I have nothing against Def Leppard, but if you don’t think that Pink Floyd is 10 times more genius than those leather wearing goofballs then you’re insane. Today we’ll be looking at one of the most controversial substances out there – LSD. Now, I’m not going to condemn nor promote the use of illegal substances.

I’m only going to provide you with the scientific findings behind the use of such drugs. Let’s take a look at what scientists are finding out about LSD. It’s well documented that taking LSD helps to connect parts of the brain that normally wouldn’t connect with each other.

This typically leads to a higher degree of creativity and open mindedness toward new experiences for the duration of that individual’s life. Pretty cool! LSD has also been found to effectively treat depression and PTSD long term. It may very well be a superior substitute for substances that doctors are currently prescribing that all too often end up becoming addictive and habit forming for patients.

On the downside, when used irresponsibly, the infamous “bad trip” can be a very real and scarring experience. It isn’t something that happens very often with users of the substance, but when it does, it is described as being a traumatic experience.

Thankfully, as long as the user has a comfortable and familiar set and setting, and doesn’t take too large of a dose, these bad experiences can be avoided all together. It’s also important to keep in mind to take a look at the family history of mental health of the user.

Patients with a family history of psychological disorders such as schizophrenia are advised to avoid the use of psychedelic substances all together, as it can hasten the symptoms and negative effects of such illnesses.

Fortunately, individuals at risk for such effects are a small minority. At the end of the day, there are some potential harms that can come of the use of LSD, but also a lot of potential benefits. I leave it to you dear reader, to decide what to make of it.