Does Low-Dose LSD Have Nootropic Properties?

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I came across an interesting article recently which describes the effects of LSD on creativity and analytical thinking. The article described a study in the late 60′s designed to study how the drug affected creativity. The study gathered a number of respected scientists and engineers who were told to bring highly technical problems, ones they’ve spent at least several months trying to solve unsuccessfully.

These professionals were then dosed with 100 micrograms of LSD, a fairly light dose, and set out to solve their technical problems to the best of their ability. Afterwords, their work was submitted to peer review boards, department chairs, corporate clients, and other professionals in order to analyze their results.

The Results

The results of the study were dramatic. A torrent of new innovations resulted from their acid-enhanced worktime including a new conceptual model for the photon, a mathematical theorem for NOR gate circuits, and a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device.

These results don’t look too surprising when you look at what some of our nation’s greatest innovators had to say about the drug. Francis Crick admitted he was under the influence of LSD when he first envisioned the double helix structure of DNA, Steve Jobs called his experience LSD one of the most important things in his life. Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, even recommended it as a treatment for alcoholism.

More Research is Needed

Now I am not promoting the use of LSD as a nootropic, frankly it’s current legal status has made performing proper research on it extremely difficult. Without knowing more about it I would hesitate to use such a powerful drug lightly. Taking low doses of LSD for nootropic effects is popular with some people though. All said, LSD at low doses certainly seem to provide some interesting nootropic benefits. It’s unfortunate that fear and ignorance have kept this chemical out of researcher’s hands for so long.

Fortunately research on psychadelics in general seems to be making a bit of a comeback. One recent study of Psylocybin (the active ingredient in so called “Magic Mushrooms”) has shown that one experience with the chemical can improve people’s outlook on life for months at a time. If research such as this can truly make a comeback, expect many more interesting findings about LSD and related chemicals.

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