Recreational drugs are chemical substances taken for enjoyment and in order to alter one’s perceptions and moods
Recreational drugs are chemical substances taken for enjoyment and in order to alter one’s perceptions and moods, they are used to provide pleasure, and excitement and even to improve life for some as their effects can be often be very soothing and powerful in comparison to usual moods and senses. However, this can lead to a spiral downfall for some into addiction, and to health and social problems as they can be very dangerous hence why most recreational drugs are illegal.
Although these drugs are seen to be very taboo and dangerous, they do have their benefits, other than the high they give you. Over the past few years people have begun to notice that these ‘bad’ and addictive drugs may be more beneficial than we may perceive, coming from a medical perspective, a particular …. Has arisen that the micro dosing of LSD may be very helpful in relieving patients without making them ‘high’ or giving them heavy doses of anti-depressants.
Research on lysergic acid diethylamide started in the late 1950s and early 60s though there has been little to none specifically on micro dosing and its benefits. Micro dosing is the technique of taking doses of chemical substances that are so small that the effects are sub-perceptual, in this case the effects of LSD, which are so small and subtle, so that the person consuming the dose won’t become high however will feel better overall, as many have said it has helped with depression and anxiety, as well as PTSD and other psychological illness’s.
In humans we have man types of chemical nerve cells which are specialised cells that transport chemicals and information around the body. Serotonin is one of the chemicals they produce, found in the digestive system as well as blood platelets and the central nervous system. Serotonin is made from the amino acid tryptophan (found in nuts cheese and red meat). Its formed by a biochemical process that combines tryptophan, with tryptophan hydroxylase, which makes them react and form 5-hydroxytryptamine aka serotonin 10.
Basically, serotonin is what makes you happy and sad. It naturally regulates your mood and makes you calmer, more focused, less anxious and more emotionally stable. It effects a lot of the body but particularly emotions, low levels of serotonin can lead to depression, anxiety, insomnia and also stimulate nausea this was shown in a study from 2007 5. Although some older studies have questioned that maybe high levels serotonin actually cause these things. In a 2015 animal study that examined 2 groups of mice showed that there is a link:
“Our results are very exciting because they establish in a genetically defined animal model of serotonin deficiency, that low serotonin could be a contributing factor to the development of depression in response to psychosocial stress – and can lead to the failure of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors to alleviate symptoms of depression.” – Marc Caron8
The reason the micro dosing of LSD has become so apparent is because of the sheer fact no one really knows what many of typical depression medications do, these SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) are the legal medication for depression and what are commonly prescribed to people suffering with depression 11. Some of them even admit to working by affecting levels of glutamate (a neurotransmitter responsible for brain functions like cognition learning and memory 14), not serotonin, so they may be helpful yet not a ‘cure’.***find out about glutamate****** And even the SSRIs antidepressants work by trying to make more serotonin so that its plentiful in the body.
“but by regarding depression as “just” a chemical imbalance wildly misconstrues the disorder. “It is not possible to explain either the disease or its treatment based solely on levels of neurotransmitters,” – Ronald Duman, Ph.D. Yale University neurobiologist.
LSD works as a treatment for Depression and anxiety is because of the fact their chemical structures are very similar and that they work in very similar ways, not by making and producing more serotonin, it simply mimics and simulates the serotonin receptors (5-HT2A) this is very important because by simulating the receptor there will be increased transmission of glutamate and increased production of BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor)