There was a time when the drug LSD was legal and was often used as a psychiatric tool by therapists. One of the leading researchers into the uses of LSD for mental health patients was Dr. Sidney Cohen. This film shows him interviewing a subject before and after she has been administered a very small amount of LSD. Maybe it is the psychologist in me, but I found this video very interesting.
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that, starting in the early 1970s, researchers had to start submitting their proposed research to Institutional Review Boards to make sure that the research will not do any harm to human subjects (there are review boards for animal subjects, as well). I’ve had to go through the review process many times since, as an educational psychologist, I conduct research on humans. Fortunately, my work is considered low risk but I was turned down once by a university’s review board when I wanted to observe how the students in one of their classes interacted online with students from a class on my own campus. This happened in the early days of the World Wide Web when we thought the Internet would be uniting force (look at any comments section of major news outlets and you’ll see how wrong we were on THAT one!). All of this is to say that I’m not sure Dr. Cohen’s research would be approved today as you see it in this video and “Kids, don’t try this at home!”
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