Lysergic acid diethylamide, known as LSD, is the psychedelic drug that causes hallucinations and is called "altered state of consciousness" by psychiatrists. We have seen it countless times as being the one who spends the color on the pupils who consume it. But scientists have always had doubts: How does LSD work?
Since the medicine was discovered in 1983, little is known about exactly what it does in our brain. Recently, the team at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Zurich asked how our gray matter reacts to LSD and they have developed an obviously accurate hypothesis to explain the processes that occur when using an LSD dose.
In his study published in the journal on Monday PNAS, researchers at LSD provided 25 volunteers. In addition, some of them were given ketanserine, a medicine that blocks serotonin receptors, a neurotransmitter that is thought to play an important role in LSD travel experience. And they confirmed it: subjects who picked up acid and ketanserin They do not see the consequences of the trip.
In addition, scanners that analyzed their brain response to drugs found that LSD interrupted the main chain between four parts of the brain, including thalass, which acts as an information filter. Imagine: brains filled with motorways and thalassas are a great customs that filters the information to be processed. Action LSD all this would be a dynamic customs and allow entry much more information flow to other parts of the brain.
Scientists say that this deeper understanding of LSD activity can help resolve it psychological disorders such as depression or schizophrenia, where the brain itself produces effects similar to those of the medicine.