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A VISION
OF THE
FUTURE

LSD research has revealed
potentially positive benefits
to the illegal drug. Are
people ready to have
their minds altered?
words by
PAUL WILS ON

aking illegal drugs is a
straightforward choice for
most people: they either do
it to get high, or they don't. But what if
a fractional dose of Class A didn't get
you high but instead improved health,
wellbeing, mood and even creativity,
problem solving and productivity?
Should such a seemingly beneficial
substance, seen in new, positive light,
even be illegal?
Microdosing of LSD (and other
psychedelic drugs, including psilocybin,
the active compound found in magic
mushrooms taken in synthetic form) is
on the rise, despite possession in the UK
carrying a maximum sentence of seven
years in prison. After the United Nations
declared in 1971 it was "convinced
that the abuse of LSD... presents an
increasingly serious problem that could
have very dangerous consequences", LSD
was criminalised. It remains so and, as
a consequence, research into long- and
short-term effects was severely curtailed.

T

A SMALL PUSH

On the other hand Professor David Nutt,
the former head of the UK Government's
leading drug advisory board wrote in
2012 that LSD and other psychedelics
"are among the safest drugs we know

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