Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) may help control alcohol use disorders, in line with anecdotal evidence from the past century, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University, reports Inverse.
The study, conducted on 343 participants with over 7 years of problematic drinking, was published on Tuesday in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
83 percent of the study’s participants reported their pathological use of the substance had disappeared or been reduced one year after consuming the narcotic, and 28 percent said the psychedelic experience was the sole driver of their lifestyle change.
According to Johns Hopkins associate professor Matthew Johnson, one of the study’s authors, the effects of drugs like LSD are more similar to those of psychotherapy than to those of traditional psychiatric medications. Like, psychotherapy, hallucinogens change the brain, but their effects are observed after not during that change.
A previous paper, also produced at Johns Hopkins, suggested that psilocybin (a compound found in more than 200 species of mushrooms) is more effective in helping smokers quit than nicotine addiction medication varenicline.