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September 29, 2009


SF Chronicle - LSD, the drug that launched the psychedelic era and became one of the resounding symbols of the counterculture movement of the '60s, is back in the labs. Nearly 40 years after widespread fear over recreational abuse of LSD and other hallucinogens forced dozens of scientists to abandon their work, researchers at a handful of major institutions - including UCSF and Harvard University - are reigniting studies. Scientists started looking at less controversial drugs, like ecstasy and magic mushrooms, in the late 1990s, but LSD studies only began about a year ago and are still rare. The study at UCSF, which is being run by a UC Berkeley graduate student, is looking into the mechanisms of LSD and how it works in the brain. The hope is that such research might support further studies into medical applications of LSD - for chronic headaches, for example - or psychiatric uses.


Blogger 77Meridian said...

Glad to see LSD out of the closet. Francis Crick was under the influence of LSD when he first theorized the structure of DNA, love those performance enhancing drugs

September 30, 2009 3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wry helix probably seems as natural as an ellipse when the walls are dripping with persian rugs and taciturn faces.

September 30, 2009 4:28 AM  

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