The Guardian: Prohibition of psychedelics hinders research

A recent article by Alok Jha, science correspondent of The Guardian, posted a interesting statement from US govenments former drug adviser David Nutt, he claims that scientists should have access to illegal psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin to aid them in brain research, according to the government’s former drug adviser Professor David Nutt. He said that research into the deepest mysteries of the brain, including consciousness and mental illness, could not proceed because of prohibition.

Modern techniques may find solutions for conditions like schizophrenia.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, many succesful trials and treatment of psychedelics have been carried out. After the prohibition, research has dropped to zero. There have only been a couple of MDMA imaging studies, but none of them using cutting-edge technologies.

“Regulations, which are arbitrary, actually make it virtually impossible to research these drugs,” said Nutt last month. “The effect these laws have had on research is greater than the effects that [George] Bush stopping stem cell research has had, because it’s been going on since the 1960s.”

 

Source: The Guardian

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