Could LSD treat alcoholism? If only we could find out, right?
According to a recent study, a single dose of LSD is significantly associated with decreased alcohol misuse.
The researchers concluded that the effectiveness of a single dose of LSD compares well with that of daily administration of drugs currently used to treat alcoholism (naltrexone, acamprosate, disulfiram).
The study conducted by two Norwegian researchers revisited LSD research from 1960s and '70s, when LSD research could still be funded and conducted.
Their meta-analysis of six trials showed a significant beneficial effect of LSD on alcohol misuse for up to 6 months. None of the studies reported any lasting detrimental effects of LSD on psychosocial functioning or other harmful effects.
Why might LSD be effective as a form of treatment?
Researchers from one of the trials noted, 'It was rather common for patients to claim significant insights into their problems, to feel that they had been given a new lease on life, and to make a srong resolution to discontinue their drinking.'
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