Drugs like LSD, psilocybin, and dimethyltryptamine (DMT) were once thought to be extremely toxic. They have, however, undergone a rebranding in recent years. A lot of scientists now believe they have the potential to cure, reconcile us with nature, and some people even believe that they can even overcome political tensions.
The use of psychedelics is increasing. The UK Home Office released statistics at the start of the pandemic in 2020, showing a 230% spike in LSD confiscations over the previous year. Drug consumption patterns may be shifting as a result of the pandemic. According to a new study, almost half of those who use magic mushrooms said they were tripping more during the pandemic.
The changing image of psychedelic drugs can in part be attributed to the renewed interest in their potential to treat mental health problems such as depression. Between the early 1950s and 1970s, there was a great interest in the use of LSD in the treatment for a wide range of conditions, including alcohol use disorders, schizophrenia, childhood autism, and “sexual dysfunction”.
Despite very promising results, a lack of scientific rigor, as well as broader political and cultural constraints, nearly all research in the United States ended in the 1970, though it has persisted in Europe at some level.