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LSD able to relieve severe pain in terminal cancer patients - Stanislav Grof, M.D-
    #7471183 - 09/30/07 06:08 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

http://www.maps.org/secretchief/scprolog.html

AFTER THE PUBLICATION of the first clinical paper on LSD by Walter A. Stoll in 1947, Albert Hofmann's serendipitous discovery of the psychedelic effects of LSD became practically an overnight sensation in the world of science. Never before had a single substance held so much promise in such a wide variety of fields of interest. For neuropharmacologists and neurophysiologists, the discovery of LSD meant the beginning of a golden era of research that could solve many puzzles concerning the intricate biochemical interactions underlying the functioning of the brain. Experimental psychiatrists saw this substance as a unique means for creating a laboratory model for naturally occurring psychoses, particularly schizophrenia. They hoped that it could provide unparalleled insights into the nature of these mysterious disorders and open new avenues for their treatment.

LSD was also highly recommended as a unique teaching device that would make it possible for clinical psychiatrists and psychologists to spend a few hours in the world of their patients and as a result of it to understand them better, be able to communicate with them more effectively, and improve their ability to help them. Early experiments with LSD revealed its unique potential as a powerful tool offering the possibility of deepening and accelerating the psychotherapeutic process, as well as extending the range of applicability of psychotherapy to categories of patients that previously had been difficult to reach such as alcoholics, narcotic drug addicts, and criminal recidivists. Particularly valuable and promising were the early efforts to use LSD psychotherapy with terminal cancer patients. These studies showed that LSD was able to relieve severe pain, often even in those patients who had not responded to medication with narcotics. In a large percentage of these patients, it was also possible to alleviate or even eliminate the fear of death, increase the quality of their lives during the remaining days, and positively transform the experience of dying. For the historians and critics of art, the LSD experiments provided extraordinary new insights into the psychology and psychopathology of art, particularly various modern movements as well as paintings and sculptures of native cultures. The spiritual experiences frequently observed in LSD sessions offered a radically new understanding of a wide variety of phenomena from the world of religion, including shamanism, the rites of passage, the ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, the Eastern spiritual philosophies, and the mystical traditions of the world...

(Article appendix): The Human Encounter with Death. Stanislav Grof, M.D., Joan Halifax, Ph.D. E.P. Dutton; 1977. A remarkable portrait of the experiment in which patients dying of cancer at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Baltimore, Maryland were treated with psychedelic therapy.


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Re: LSD able to relieve severe pain in terminal cancer patients - Stanislav Grof, M.D- [Re: Booby]
    #7472786 - 10/01/07 03:36 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Definitely agree with the potentials for LSD and psychedelics in general for more understanding in all above mentioned fields. A shame that this area of research had to be halted when it showed such rich potential.
It will be back though, and is slowly making its way back actually. I know Switzerland recently did some research project with LSD, but I don't remember the specs.

Btw, Dr. Grof is the man. :smile:


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"When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about."
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Re: LSD able to relieve severe pain in terminal cancer patients - Stanislav Grof, M.D- [Re: OMniversal]
    #7473027 - 10/01/07 08:03 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

A Google search for the book "The Human Encounter with Death." turned up some broken links. It seems the book was pulled from the public view.


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Re: LSD able to relieve severe pain in terminal cancer patients - Stanislav Grof, M.D- [Re: Booby]
    #7473335 - 10/01/07 11:15 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

At one point, there were some ideas tossed about for utilizing mdma for terminally ill patients....
I think it is a wonderful idea.
The transition from life to death is difficult enough on it's own. Add in an IV drip, bed sores, rude fat highschool drop out nurse's aids, and people fighting over your worldly posessions at your death bed before you even die, sure, Ecstasy would be a welcome.


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Re: LSD able to relieve severe pain in terminal cancer patients - Stanislav Grof, M.D- [Re: Fraggin]
    #7474293 - 10/01/07 03:41 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

"There's the psychedelic trip and the psychoactive trip. The psychedelics are the acid, mescaline, psilocybin. Visions and hallucinations and things like that. That's what characterizes the psychedelics. These three are psychoactive, but there are other psychoactives that are not psychedelic - MDA, harmaline, and ibogaine. Some people see colors and some visions on those."-
http://www.maps.org/secretchief/scchpt5.html

So, like, one could see God on acid?


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Re: LSD able to relieve severe pain in terminal cancer patients - Stanislav Grof, M.D- [Re: Booby]
    #7474403 - 10/01/07 04:09 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

Booby said:

So, like, one could see God on acid?




Why would God drop acid?
And why would he let anyone see his wig face?
*sorry, had to*


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