Back in 1938, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann accidentally created the formula of LSD and since then, it has driven the world into both havoc and bliss. Now, according to a new study, there is a possibility that this drug that can engage a tripping ride can, which will cause a feeling of “oneness” with the world and Universe in general.
Scientists who came across this theory used MRI brain scans in order to display the neurochemical mechanisms which occur due to LSD’s sensations. There are several scientists from the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich who have fully devoted themselves to discovering whether this theory can activate the opportunities to start a new therapy which can help people deal with various psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and panic attacks.
The leader of the project, Katrin Preller, released a statement to explain how the effects of LSD can finally break the ties between a person and the rest of the world all through a communication method.
Counterculture role-model Timothy Leary and several other psychologists used the term “Ego Death” to explain the feeling of losing one’s identity. A portion of this feeling is associated with connecting to the world through LSD. This theory was undermined in the past, but in the end, scientists are starting to look into the possibility of this being true and discovering a whole new concept to work with.
The study was conducted on 24 participants, all of whom were completely healthy. One group of them received 100 micrograms of LSD, while the other only received a placebo.
After a while, all participants were placed under an MRI scanner and had to link with a virtual avatar only through the activities of the eyes.
According to Preller, this helped them prove that the part of the brain which shows the difference between one person and another is less active after consuming LSD.
Another great revelation is that the group of people who consumed LSD had their serotonin 2A receptor (5-HT2A receptor that serves as a receptor in the human brain) changed while shifting the sense of self in a person.
People suffering from some kind of a disorder might finally find some hope within this theory.
Hopefully, those who face problems with relationships can finally put an end to it by using a therapy which is both revolutionary and life-changing.
While there is still a lot more to be uncovered, everyone is hoping for more breakthroughs in the future.