I believe that the most powerful entity that we know of in the universe, aside from whatever created it, is the human brain. It is one of the few things that is so powerful, so complex, and so dynamic that it’s hard to even begin to understand what it is capable of. Everything we’ve ever achieved is ultimately due to the power of the human brain, which is why I think it’s so crucial to continue to learn and explore how it operates. The world of drugs is a fascinating insight into how the brain works, and this week a landmark study on how the brain functions on LSD was published by a group of scientists at Imperial College London.
One of the researchers in this study stated:
“Normally our brain consists of independent networks that perform separate specialized functions, such as vision, movement and hearing — as well as more complex things like attention. However, under LSD, the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain. In many ways, the brain in the LSD state resembles the state our brains were in when we were infants: free and unconstrained.”
LSD essentially creates a more fluid and interconnected brain that breaks down barriers in the way we perceive ourselves and the environment and allows us to be more open-minded and see the big picture. It essentially changes us from rigid, cynical, narrow-minded adults to creative, imaginative, and open-minded children. It opens up so many possibilities for unleashing human consciousness to its full potential. If we were able to harness the full abilities of the brain by unifying all of its different systems, without overstimulating the emotional functions that cause hallucinations, the possibilities would be endless. As one scientist put it, “Consciousness is everything we’ve got; everything we perceive, feel, and ‘what it’s like’ to be ourselves is mediated by our consciousness. Since we’ve all got one, and it’s so important, it is reasonable that we try to find out how it works.”
One tangible use for LSD and other psychedelic drugs is it’s potential to combat mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that LSD-assisted psychotherapy may have the potential to treat depression, addiction, and end-of-life anxiety. By breaking down the barriers of the different compartments in our brain, LSD has the power to disrupt negative thought processes entrenched in our brain as we are able to better perceive ourselves on the whole. Dr. David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial and the study’s lead author said “We ultimately would like to see LSD deployed as a therapeutic tool.”
There’s no question that drugs such as LSD and other psychedelics have the power to help us understand the brain and lead to improvements in the way we think and operate as human beings. We need to get away from the mindset that all drugs are bad and will make you do crazy things or kill you, and start to look at the powerful potential some of these drugs have to do positive things. As I said in the beginning, I think the human brain is the most powerful entity that we know of in the universe, so why not experiment and research with substances that can help us understand it more and even improve it?
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