The first scientific evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness has been found in people tripping on acid.
Increased brain activity was recorded in people who had taken magic mushrooms and ketamine, as well as LSD, in a new study.
However, scientists stress that the higher state does not mean it is a ‘better’ or more desirable.
The researchers said the findings could help inform discussions gathering momentum about the carefully-controlled medical use of such drugs, for example in treating severe depression.
THE DANGERS OF LSD
The effects of LSD are unpredictable. Users often experience sleeplessness, tremors, a loss of appetite and extreme changes in mood.
Other experiences include horrific thoughts and feelings as well as intense fear of insanity and death.
Users struggle to work out which sensations are illusions created by the drug and which are real which means they often put their lives at risk without realising it.