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Hey, Woodstock alumni: The "brown acid" actually may be good for you

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:32pm

Dude - psychedelic drugs are back. But not in the traditional drop-in, drop-out sense.


David Jay Brown wrote in the December issue of Scientific American that LSD and magic mushrooms and other drugs that "blew minds in the 1960s" may soon may be used to treat mental ailments.

Scientists say they have "therapeutic potential" because they could ease a variety of difficult-to-treat mental illnesses, such as chronic depression,post-traumatic stress disorder and drug or alcohol dependency, Brown wrote.

Clinical trials are underway - so start lining up, hippies. This time they are being explored in labs for their therapeutic applications rather than being used illegally, Brown wrote.

"The past 15 years have seen a quiet resurgence of psychedelic drug research as scientists have come to recognize the long-underappreciated potential of these drugs," Brown wrote. "In the past few years, a growing number of studies using human volunteers have begun to explore the possible therapeutic benefits of drugs such as LSD [and] psilocybin."

Much remains unclear, but scientists do believe they have somewhat similar psychoactive effects that make them potential "therapeutic tools," Brown wrote.

Though still in their preliminary stages, studies in humans suggest that the day when people can schedule a psychedelic session with their therapist to overcome a serious psychiatric problem may not be that far off.



Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Long Time Gone Lyrics

It's been a long time comin'
It's goin' to be a Long Time Gone.
And it appears to be a long,
Appears to be a long,
Appears to be a long
Time, yes, a long, long, long ,long time before the dawn.

Turn, turn any corner.
Hear, you must hear what the people say.
You know there's something that's goin' on around here,
The surely, surely, surely won't stand the light of day.
And it appears to be a long,
Appears to be a long,
Appears to be a long
Time, yes, a long, long, long ,long time before the dawn.

Speak out, you got to speak out against the madness,
You got to speak your mind,
If you dare.
But don't no don't now try to get yourself elected
If you do you had better cut your hair.
`Cause it appears to be a long,
Appears to be a long,
Appears to be a long,
Time, such a long long long long time before the dawn.

It's been a long time comin'
It's goin' to be a long time gone.
But you know,
The darkest hour is always
Always just before the dawn.
And it appears to be a long, appears to be a long,
Appears to be a long
Time before the dawn.
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