Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) and mystical experiences

Michael Lyvers*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is the best-known drug of a subtype of hallucinogens, commonly referred to as psychedelics. LSD is by far the most potent psychedelic and one of the most potent psychoactive substances ever discovered. This chapter reviews the current state of knowledge about LSD, focusing on the theory of LSD actions in brain, the ability of the drug to elicit mystical/religious experiences, the risks of LSD use, past therapeutic applications, the colorful history of LSD, its myriad influences on Western culture, and future prospects for this controversial mind-changing chemical.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStimulants, club and dissociative drugs, hallucinogens, steroids, inhalants and international aspects
EditorsV Preedy
Place of Publicationonline
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128003756
ISBN (Print)9780128002124
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameThe Neuropathology of drug addictions and substance misuse


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