Sunday, March 9, 2014


One of the impacts of reading Walter Isaacson's biography of tech and marketing wizard Steve Jobs was a curiosity about the mind altering effects of LSD.

Back in the day, Steve was a fan of recreational drugs., back in the day. He credited his LSD experiences with opening up his mind and enabling him to see the world in a different light.

“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

I can't say that I have not fantasized about taking a trip. I love lucid dreaming and am curious about opening my consciousness to a deeper understanding. The fact that it is illegal and that I am scared of becoming a vegetable has kept it in the realm of fantasy.

It is no secret that the potential of LSD for rewiring and evolving the mind was researched with great zeal in the sixties and illegally in the seventies. Research with LSD as a psychiatric treatment was banned in 1966.

Now a Swiss psychiatrist has completed the first controlled controlled trial of the hallucinogenic drug in forty years. The results are startling. I should mention that Dr. Peter Gasser's research has US FDA approval.

Subjects who received full doses of LSD saw a 20% improvement in their anxiety symptoms! The study involved 12 people who were dying, most of terminal cancer. They took their 10-hour "trips" in Gasser's office.

Looks like the makings of a policy platform for the next Liberal Party Policy Convention.

Anyone have ten hours to hold my hand and change a diaper or two?

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