Putting the first brain scans of the LSD high into perspective.

In 1965, a law was introduced to ban all shipments of the potent psychedelic drug LSD to the US from Sandoz Laboratories, where the drug was first synthesised by Swiss pharmacologist Albert Hoffman. Underground factories largely based in California continued to feed the demand for the drug, but the illegalisation made a massive dent in the freedom of scientific enquiry into psychedelics, causing stagnation that has lasted several decades.

Last week, however, saw the publication of the first ever brain scans made of individuals high on LSD. What these brain scans might mean, and how the media may have distorted their meaning, is the subject of my first piece as contributing writer to the recently launched digital magazine PrimeMind.

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