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LSD can affect brain activity, study reveals

LSD or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide has become one common drug. It is now very frequently used by the youth population who are able to enjoy the hallucinogenic effect that is induced. LSD would be available in a different dosage. What you experience will ultimately depend upon the amount of the drug you consumed.

There is a culture of micro-dosing which in a wider scheme of things may not be very harmful. Yet when you increase your dose, your brain starts to interfere in different ways.

Now according to recent studies, LSD may affect the brain signalling disrupting the normal functioning.

So, if you are someone very fond of “tripping” then you might need to think twice!

How LSD affects the brain?

A group of neuroscientists got together to investigate the effect of the said drug on the normal processing of the brain. They wanted to find out whether LSD has any impact whatsoever on the altered state of consciousness.

As a result, they studied the effect on people who had recently consumed different dosage of the drugs. The volunteers underwent different examinations that would allow scientists to thoroughly evaluate the situation.

The results were startling and a bit surprising for the research team.

It was revealed that LSD triggers the secretion of a certain chemical that would allow signals to be accumulated in the brain region. What is distinctive about the entire situation is that these signals would normally be filtered out. Hence, due to this collection, the brain becomes overloaded with information that in a way leads to hallucinogenic effect.

In other cases, LSD also stimulates more information flowing from the Thalamus region to the Posterior Cingulate and the Temporal Cortex. Thalamus is the gatekeeper of the brain that is able to stop the flowing of different signals in normal circumstances.

What did the participants say?

Interestingly enough, the scientists were also able to gather thoughts of the volunteers of the experiment. They wanted to have a deeper insight into how the science behind LSD affects the person in one way or the other.

Apart from the hallucinogenic outcome, scientists were also able to analyze one other impact of LSD: ego dissolution. Due to all the disrupted brain activity, the person, as a result, feels disintegrated detached from the real situation. It is thereby common for users to complain about not being there own self during this entire cycle.

The world that is around the people on the drug appears far more different than it would normally do. The normal perception of things is highly disturbed. The person is likely to mistake one thing for another and vice-versa. All of this occurring due to the disturbed mechanism of Thalamus that would filter out excess signals.

LSD has a profound impact on the field of neuroscience. It was first synthesized in the early 1940s but the drug was never really made accessible to people. However, the situation happens to be vastly different right now. More people are using it for recreational purposes not realizing the possible consequences that tag along.

The study highlights some of the short term effects of the drug. It is strongly believed that the long term consequences are severe and can greatly disrupt the normal mental capability of the person.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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