LSD is being used to treat chronic pain and a number of psychiatric indications, including anxiety, depression, treatment resistant depression (TRD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), alcoholism, cluster headaches, and mood disorders.
Individual studies report various findings, depending on study design, dose, predisposition of the participants in terms of mental health or life-threatening disease. While studies have investigated a variety of other factors, such as set and setting, and the “expectancy effect” (if you think you expect LSD to help you, it has a higher chance of helping you), overall the findings on LSD as a potential therapy are generally positive. But it is important to remember that LSD in a non clinical setting may produce different results than the research findings.
Research suggests that LSD may be effective in breaking cycles of depression, addiction, and other mental conditions. This is at least in part, due to the compound’s ability to connect areas of the brain that don’t ordinarily communicate with each other, while sometimes losing the connective integrity of other mental processes.
LSD for Conditions
Things to Know
- Recent research has shown promising results in treating treatment-resistant depression with LSD
- In clinical research, LSD has shown promise as a treatment for anxiety related to end-of-life distress in patients suffering from terminal illness
- Research shows promise for LSD as a treatment for both generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder
- Some people who use LSD report that it can be beneficial to reduce anxiety outside therapeutic settings
LSD for Depression
Both personal use and scientific reports speak to the efficacy of LSD to treat depression, in the form of either a full dose, or a microdose.Read more about LSD as a treatment for depression.
LSD for Anxiety
Research suggests that LSD may be an effective treatment for generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and end-of-life anxiety.Read more about LSD as a treatment for anxiety disorders.
LSD and Other Mood Disorders (Schizophrenia, Psychosis)
Studies have explored LSD as a treatment of different forms of mental illness, primarily schizophrenia.Read more about LSD as a treatment for other mood disorders.
LSD for Alzheimers
Both clinical and anecdotal reports have shown cognitive benefits from LSD use, including microdosing, which could have a therapeutic impact on Alzheimer’s patients.Read more about LSD as a treatment for Alzheimers.