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article imageHuman LSD research resumes in UK following 40-year break

By Mike Rossi     Aug 18, 2014 in Odd News
London - Lucy doesn't need to travel to the sky anymore to play with her diamonds, she'll just need an airplane ticket getting her to London's Heathrow Airport.
It's been over four decades since British scientists conducted their last experiment on human subjects featuring the powerful hallucinogenic lysergic acid diethylamide, but now researchers have returned to pick up where they left off.
The drug, more commonly known as LSD, has been banned in the United Kingdom since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act which prohibits anyone from possessing or prescribing the drug without obtaining a specially granted license from the Home Secretary.
This new research is being conducted by Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, an associate "in the Centre for Neuropsychopharma-cology at Imperial College."
The aim of the nascent study is to observe the effects of lysergic acid diethylamide on the brain and determine what, if any, potential therapeutic impact it could have in treating a variety of disorders, particularly depression, anxiety and addiction.
So far, Dr. Carhart-Harris has only been able to examine six subjects but describes the preliminary results as impressive, with the most exciting activity taking place in the brain's center for memory, the hippocampus. "We're at an early, but certainly promising, stage." he said.
Doctors begin by administering a low-dosage of LSD to their test-subjects.
Then, using MRI technology, researchers observe the shifting patterns of blood flow in the brain as the drug takes effect — displayed as patterns of color on the MRI images — allowing them to pinpoint the specific cerebral regions most influenced.
Though Dr. Carhart-Harris has been all-smiles when talking about the future of his study, he does have one complaint thus far.
"We need more female volunteers," he said.
No hint was given as to whether women named "Lucy" would be preferred.
To learn more about Dr. Carhart-Harris' research, visit the Psychedelic Science website.
View one of Dr. Carhart-Harris' lectures below.
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