COLUMN: This is your brain on drugs (according to neuroscience)

The phrase “this is your brain on drugs” may conjure up images of eggs frying thanks to a classic anti-drugs ad campaign, but neuroscience has recently shown this is far from the truth. A team of researchers led by Dr. David Nutt at Imperial College London recently published the first images of brains affected by the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD, in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This is the first study to use modern techniques to visualize the effects of psychedelics on the human brain. Conducting human trials with LSD is an achievement in itself. It took the authors nine months to receive permission for the study because LSD is banned by both United Nations conventions and national laws in the…

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