LSD, commonly known as acid, is a well-known psychedelic substance that gained both popularity and a controversial reputation in the 1960’s thanks to the efforts of Harvard professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) who experimented with and promoted LSD both informally and in scientific studies. The substance became celebrated and derided by different segments of the population and the authorities, but behind all of the spectacle and controversy, many people had profound transformational experiences, and some very important research began into LSD’s therapeutic and healing potential. That research has continued to this day, and has revealed that this psychedelic can be used to treat ailments such as alcoholism, anxiety, and depression, as well as to help ease the fears of terminal cancer patients coming to peace with their situation. This hot-button drug of the 60’s has matured over time into a celebrated psychotherapeutic tool, giving credence to the countless personal testaments to its power to positively transform the mind and soul.
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