Propaganda Debunked: Psychedelics Not Linked to Psychosis, May Help Prevent it

March 26, 2015   |   Josh Mur

Josh Paniagua
March 26, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Since the 60’s, a common misconception about psychedelic drugs has infiltrated the public eye. Horror stories about young teens taking LSD and jumping to their death and anti-drug propaganda have created a distorted link between psychedelic drugs and psychosis. However, two researchers in Norway suggest that this belief is indeed false.

Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim analyzed data collected from the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Of the 135,000+ people that participated in the survey, approximately 14% of them confirmed that they had used psychedelic substances (in this case, LSD, psilocybin, or mescaline) at some point in their lives.

Johansen and Krebs found that there isn’t a legitimate correlation between psychedelic drugs and mental health complications. In fact, not only was there no proof of causation, the data also suggests that psychedelics may have been involved in lowering the rate of psychosis. The full publication can be read here.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to some — considering how many significant discoveries have been made involving psychedelics in the medical field. In addition to researchers finding that psychedelic drugs may be highly effective in psychotherapy, they’re also finding that they’re effective in treating some chronic illnesses.

A man named Bob Wold is a strong advocate for psychedelic medicine, and for good reason. Bob suffers from cluster headaches or “suicide headaches”. For those not familiar with this condition, cluster headaches are reoccurring headaches that cause excruciating pain usually on one side of the head and can leave a person completely inhibited for anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours.

Bob had tried around 70 different medications for his condition, none of which worked. But after he discovered that LSD sent his CH attacks into remission, he founded Clusterbusters, an organization dedicated to helping patients with cluster headaches.

Of course, a potential downside to this is the actual psychedelic aspect to it. Some people simply don’t like drugs, but love living without an ice pick in their skull. Nonetheless, this isn’t a problem either.

Clusterbusters contacted Dr. John Halpern, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for clinical trials. Although Halpern agreed, obtaining LSD for study would obviously prove to be difficult. Instead, Halpern took his research to Germany and used non-hallucinogenic 2-Bromo-LSD on the subjects. Non-hallucinogenic 2-Bromo-LSD has a very similar chemical structure to LSD, however the hallucinogenic effects are not felt. Sure enough, the treatment worked.

The same results have been found in CH patients with psilocybin or “magic mushrooms”. This man is living proof of it.

A life-ruining disease put into remission by hallucinogenic drugs. Go figure.


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Author: Josh Mur

Josh Mur joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in January of 2015. His topics of interest include culture, alternative medicine, and government corruption. He currently resides in Sacramento, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. I don't doubt psychoactive drugs have potentially great benefits. But … caution is never a bad idea. Odds are the benefits have been ignored because there's no way to patent a natural plant.

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  2. 135,000+ Could be 135,001… And 14% of 135,000 (Norwegians, it isn't even a global study) who have used it at SOME point of their life isn't a legit number for a drug that is used on a regular basis by alot more people. Adding to that, they we're using a non-hallucinogenic version of those, made in sterile environment n shit.
    That headline is just such a trap for people who just read the beginning and then jump to the conclusion that LSD is totally safe.
    Check yoself.

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  3. This is pretty misleading to say the least, psychoactive drugs can cause mental disorders Ive tripped plenty of times to know that some things dont wear off and I dont use drugs excessively so for someone who does alot more would stick in their head cuz of the drugs, me alone I suffer from HPPD which can be caused by most any of the hallucinogens that are used around the world. Excessive use can cause alot of issues, I think the amount of shrooms n LSD trips ive had play a large role in the HPPD, anxiety, paranoia and the hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating of hands, armpits or other body parts on random) Not that i think they were what caused any of these but I dont throw that theory out either all I'm saying is this article makes psychoactives seem like a safe thing to try, while im not sayin these drugs are flat out wrong but put in the wrong hands and these drugs start to gain very bad reputations.. No one knows how the next guys gonna act on a hit of acid or a few grams of sherm, we only know our own limits (Some dont even know tht) So to say these drugs can be benifitial is misleading and could do nothing but bad for the community that uses them correctly, or recreationally.

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  4. This is pretty misleading to say the least, psychoactive drugs can cause mental disorders Ive tripped plenty of times to know that some things dont wear off and I dont use drugs excessively so for someone who does alot more would stick in their head cuz of the drugs, me alone I suffer from HPPD which can be caused by most any of the hallucinogens that are used around the world. Excessive use can cause alot of issues, I think the amount of shrooms n LSD trips ive had play a large role in the HPPD, anxiety, paranoia and the hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating of hands, armpits or other body parts on random) Not that i think they were what caused any of these but I dont throw that theory out either all I'm saying is this article makes psychoactives seem like a safe thing to try, while im not sayin these drugs are flat out wrong but put in the wrong hands and these drugs start to gain very bad reputations.. No one knows how the next guys gonna act on a hit of acid or a few grams of sherm, we only know our own limits (Some dont even know tht) So to say these drugs can be benifitial is misleading and could do nothing but bad for the community that uses them correctly, or recreationally.

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  5. You smoking sherm is most likely what caused your issues. There are literally millions of people that use LSD and psilocybin responsibly and resumed a healthy life. You should probably stop smoking pcp and embalming fluid though

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