Complete parts of the brain

The drug breaks down the parts of the brain that usually separate different functions, like vision and movement, creating a more “integrated or unified brain”, the researchers claim. They also found that people who are having drug-induced hallucinations “see” with various other parts of their brain, not just the visual cortex that is active in normal vision.

Those effects might account for the religious feelings that people often report after having taken the drug, the researchers say — a claim that if true could answer some of the deepest questions of drug culture. And those same effects on a person’s well-being might carry on long after the effects of the drug has worn off.

"Normally our brain consists of independent networks that perform separate specialised functions, such as vision, movement and hearing - as well as more complex things like attention, ” said Robin Carhart-Harris, who led the research and is the first scientist in 40 years to test LSD on humans, in a statement. “However, under LSD the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain.

"Our results suggest that this effect underlies the profound altered state of consciousness that people often describe during an LSD experience. It is also related to what people sometimes call 'ego-dissolution', which means the normal sense of self is broken down and replaced by a sense of reconnection with themselves, others and the natural world.

“This experience is sometimes framed in a religious or spiritual way - and seems to be associated with improvements in well-being after the drug's effects have subsided."

By breaking down the constraints that usually keep parts of the brain separate, psychedelic drugs return their users back to a state that is more like childhood, the researchers said in work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Our brains become more constrained and compartmentalised as we develop from infancy into adulthood, and we may become more focused and rigid in our thinking as we mature, ” said Dr Carhart-Harris. “In many ways, the brain in the LSD state resembles the state our brains were in when we were infants: free and unconstrained.

“This also makes sense when we consider the hyper-emotional and imaginative nature of an infant's mind."

"We are finally unveiling the brain mechanisms underlying the potential of LSD, not only to heal, but also to deepen our understanding of consciousness itself."

Amanda Feilding, director of the Beckley Foundation

And those effects could be even further encouraged with the use of music, according to results from the same study, which was published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology. Listening to music while under the influence of the drug led the visual cortex to receive information from the part of the brain that usually deals with mental images and memory — and the more it did so, the more people reported seeing complex visions including those from earlier in their lives.

Those discoveries help answer questions that have been asked for decades about how exactly LSD works, and what it does to the brain, the researchers said.

Cheese triggers same part of the brain as drugs

Former Government drugs adviser Professor David Nutt, director of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, one of the project's senior researchers, said: "Scientists have waited 50 years for this moment - the revealing of how LSD alters our brain biology.

"For the first time we can really see what's happening in the brain during the psychedelic state, and can better understand why LSD had such a profound impact on self-awareness in users and on music and art. This could have great implications for psychiatry, and helping patients overcome conditions such as depression, " he said.


Professor Nutt was removed from his job as the chair of the Government’s drug advisory council in 2009, after he said that drugs including ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

The new findings could prove similarly controversial, with some involved in the study suggesting that they could show how LSD could be used for healing and for finding new forms of knowledge. Eventually they might be used to treat psychiatric disorders and allow researchers to treat conditions such as depression and addiction, which tend to arise from entrenched thought patterns.

"We are finally unveiling the brain mechanisms underlying the potential of LSD, not only to heal, but also to deepen our understanding of consciousness itself, ” said Amanda Feilding, director of the Beckley Foundation, a charity that promotes evidence-based drugs policy and worked with the researchers on the study.

The research looked at 20 volunteers, all of whom received both LSD and placebo and were deemed psychologically and physically healthy. Each of them had taken some kind of psychedelic drug before taking part in the study.

Reuse content

You might also like

Dream Theater - Official Video Strange Deja Vu (Live From
Dream Theater - Official Video Strange Deja Vu (Live From ...
Why do we get Dejavu?
Why do we get Dejavu?
Monster High Dolls Deja Vu? Catwalk Kitties? Deja Mew
Monster High Dolls Deja Vu? Catwalk Kitties? Deja Mew ...
Why Do We Experience Déjà Vu?
Why Do We Experience Déjà Vu?
CompTIA A+ Certification Sample Question Papers and With Answers: The Complete "Brain Dumps Style" Study Guide For Exam Code (220-801 / 220-802) - Part 1+2
eBooks (D. Joseph)
APC APC RBC7 UPS Replacement Battery Cartridge for SMT1500 and select others
Speakers (APC)
  • BUY ONLY GENUINE APC PRODUCTS! For genuine APC by Schneider Electric Products from the manufacturer, buy only if the product says Ships from and sold by
  • Genuine APC replacement battery cartridges (RBC) are tested and certified for compatibility to restore UPS performance to the original specifications
  • Includes all required connectors, Battery recycling guide, Installation guide, Reusable packaging
  • RBC7 is compatible with many APC models including SMT1500, SMT1500US, SUA1500, SUA1500US, SUA750XL and more. See product page for complete list
Nature Made Nature Made SAM-e Complete 400 mg - 60 Enteric Coated Tablets
Beauty (Nature Made)
  • NEWEST 400 mg 60 Tablets production, One Tablet per day.
  • Nature Made SAM-e Complete - Formerly Nature Made SAM-e Mood Plus
  • Mood Support: Enhances mood by promoting a healthy balance of neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, which are part of overall healthy brain cell functions.
  • Joint Comfort: Promotes joint health by helping to maintain joint cartilage which naturally deteriorates with physical activity and age
  • Liver Health: Helps support detoxification and overall healthy liver functions. Please read all label information on delivery


if you deregister a kindle can you restart it and start all over as if it was new again? | Yahoo Answers

If you de-register a kindle, you can re-register it. To start it up as it was new and delete everything, you need to reset it to factory settings.

Copyright © . All Rights Reserved