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  • How tripping on LSD can increase long-term optimism

    The drug induces temporary psychosis, but leads users to increased optimism and openness.

    October 26, 2017
    By Rachel Jonas

    When most people think of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the image that comes to mind is hallucinating hippies at Woodstock, but the drug’s original use was psychotherapeutic. As early as the 1960s, researchers showed that LSD reduces depression, anxiety and pain in patients with advanced cancer, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the drug’s beneficial effects.