In the 1960s scientists used to be very interested in studying psychedelic drugs like LSD, but are scientists still studying these drugs today?
Since the 60's, LSD has been seen as a recreational drug, not worth serious research. However, in the last few years some scientists have been giving LSD and other psychedelic drugs another look.
One thing that's really interesting about psychedelics is that, more than any other drug, they alter how we see, hear, smell, and think about our surroundings. The more scientists learn about how LSD works in the brain, the more they could know about how the brain works to create consciousness.
There have also been studies done on how psychedelic drugs could be useful in medicine. Some research has shown that LSD can help cancer patients cope with pain and anxiety. There's also evidence that LSD could work as a sort of supplement to talk therapy by helping people see their problems from other perspectives.
Research on the drug is still in the early stages, so it's far from clear whether psychedelic drugs will prove useful in medicine and provide insights into the human mind.