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Submission + - LSD can treat alcoholism (nature.com) 1

ananyo writes: LSD has potential as a treatment for alcoholism, according to a comprehensive retrospective analysis of studies published in the late 1960s and early 1970s (http://www.nature.com/news/lsd-helps-to-treat-alcoholism-1.10200).

The researchers sifted through thousands of records to collect data from randomized, double-blind trials that compared one dose of LSD to a placebo. Of 536 participants in six trials, 59% of people receiving LSD reported lower levels of alcohol misuse, compared to 38% of people who received a placebo (full paper (PDF) http://jop.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/03/08/0269881112439253.full.pdf+html). The study adds to the weight of evidence that hallucinogenic drugs may have important medical uses, including, for example, the alleviation of cluster headaches (http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/06/28/0416208/lsd-alleviates-suicide-headaches).

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  • I thought this was proposed, tested, and rejected, thoroughly and soundly, back in the late fifties. Then the CIA took an interest in the "side effects" and rEasons it was rejected, and tested it with a mind toward truth serum. It didn't do to well as that, so they tried it as a battle conditioner. Failing that, one guy in the CIA asked to try it with their artichoke program and ended up creating the monster known as monarch, later mk-ultra. According to court records the program was sued in Canada for dosi

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