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First evidence found that LSD produces 'higher' level of consciousness, scientists claim

However the increased brain activity detected is not actually 'better', according to the researchers


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Scientists claim to have found the first evidence that psychedelic drugs create a “higher level of consciousness”.

LSD, the "date rape" drug ketamine and psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, were all found to increase the tiny magnetic fields produced by the brain.

This is used to create a mathematical measure of the complexity of brain activity, with people who are asleep having a lower level than people who are awake.

However the scientists stressed the higher levels seen in people on the psychedelic drugs did not actually equate to something that was "better".
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Professor Anil Seth, co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at Sussex University, said: “This finding shows that the brain-on-psychedelics behaves very differently from normal. 

“During the psychedelic state, the electrical activity of the brain is less predictable and less ‘integrated’ than during normal conscious wakefulness – as measured by ‘global signal diversity’. 

“Since this measure has already shown its value as a measure of ‘conscious level’, we can say that the psychedelic state appears as a higher ‘level’ of consciousness than normal – but only with respect to this specific mathematical measure.”
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It is hoped the findings of the study could help with the development of new treatments for severe depression and other mental conditions using psychedelic substances.

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, of Imperial College London, said: “Rigorous research into psychedelics is gaining increasing attention, not least because of the therapeutic potential that these drugs may have when used sensibly and under medical supervision. 

“The present study's findings help us understand what happens in people’s brains when they experience an expansion of their consciousness under psychedelics.
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“People often say they experience insight under these drugs – and when this occurs in a therapeutic context, it can predict positive outcomes.

“The present findings may help us understand how this can happen.”

The findings of the study were reported in the journal Scientific Reports.
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First evidence? Hardly. "Science" is 60 odd years late to the party.
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The American way.  We have a pill for everything and for those who are too lazy to persue an expanded level of consciousness by intellectual means we have LSD.

Once (on LSD) I had the insight that LSD was not going to reveal anything to me I could not find out by nonchemical means.  Salvia, another hallucinogenic made me feel connected to all life on earth and it increased my spiritual consciousness from this connection, yet I do not believe the experience was unique to chemical injection and the 'message' was already there to be heard all along.

My conclusion from all my psychonautical excursions is that those who think drugs are a doorway to a higher consciousness are lazy and are merely attempting to take a shortcut to an awareness that life is more than willing to teach to those who pay attention and to those who have the discipline to learn.

Don't say no but get real about it and understand that to true learning drugs are but an infomercial.
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I always had this short period of time, the day after a trip, where my mental faculties seemed particularly spot on. Like...I was really wittier, funnier, maybe even more outgoing than usual. It's been more than 40 years since I had any decent LSD. The quality just fell through the floor around the mid 1970's.

I do concur with your observations, generally speaking, about LSD and other psychedelics not really doing anything for you that you can't get without them through other avenues. Never tried salvia. I am still open to doing some Ayahuasca, under proper supervision. If I ever go back to Iquitos.....
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It's been more than 40 years since I had any decent LSD. The quality just fell through the floor around the mid 1970's.

Where's Owsley when you REALLY need him?  ???


Can't Sandoz get back in the Biz?


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Owsley lived well into his 80's, eating only meat for over 50 years. He was run over by a car, I believe. Here lately I've watched some excellent interviews he did in his later years. They're on utoob somewhere.
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