LSD Use

Americans Increase LSD Use--and a Bleak Outlook for the World May Be to Blame
LSD blotter paper. Credit: Alamy

Millennials and older adults lead the surge while Gen Z stays on the sidelines

In the years leading up to the roaring 2020s, young people were once again dropping acid. Onetime Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary died almost 25 years ago, after which some of his ashes were launched into space. But from 2015 to 2018, the rate of “turning on and tuning in” with LSD, to paraphrase Leary, increased by more than 50 percent in the U.S.—a rise perhaps fueled by a need for chemical escapism. Those results were published in the July issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The authors of the study suspect that many users may be self-medicating with the illegal substance to find relief from depression, anxiety and general stress over the state of the world.

“LSD is used primarily to escape. And given that the world’s on fire, people might be using it as a therapeutic mechanism,” says Andrew Yockey, a doctoral candidate in health education at the University of Cincinnati and lead author of the paper. “Now that COVID’s hit, I’d guess that use has probably tripled.”

Published by educater34 MSc.

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7 thoughts on “LSD Use

  1. I at one time took it on weekends during the early-mid 70’s.
    Had one bad trip…..almost did not make it back……
    It was very revealing…..I had deep sexual abuse issues, always desiring to be someone else, and that last bad trip revealed that……
    Never took it again after that……..
    So it still exists?

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