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The participants were graduate students, were paid for participation, were LSD-naive, and received the drug in a secure setting but without suggestions of possible lasting effects McGlothlin et al. The majority of the participants also rated the acute LSD response as a very dramatic and interesting experience.

However, the pre-LSD vs. These previous findings of LSD-attributed subjective changes in attitudes, values, and esthetic interests in the absence of alterations in more objective test measures McGlothlin et al. More recently, Griffiths and colleagues administered a single dose of psilocybin in a supportive setting in 30 hallucinogen-naive and spiritually active healthy subjects to evaluate the long-term effects of psilocybin Griffiths et al.

In contrast to the present study with LSD, the volunteers did not receive monetary compensation for participation. However, 17 of the overall 54 participants also reported strong or extreme fear sometimes during the session after administration of psilocybin at this dose Griffiths et al. In the present study, we also observed a lasting increase in scores on the DTS Mysticism subscale, indicating an increase in mystical experiences, which is consistent with increases in lifetime mystical experiences on the MS, but no effects on the other subscale.

These mid-term personality changes were likely transient. In contrast, LSD reduced trait anxiety ratings in patients with anxiety that was associated with life-threatening diseases Gasser et al. Altogether, the findings of controlled clinical studies, including the present study Griffiths et al. In contrast, the subjectively perceived changes did not result in relevant long-lasting changes in personality trait measures in healthy subjects.

Mystical experiences that are induced by the hallucinogen psilocybin have been shown to be associated with long-term positive effects in healthy subjects Griffiths et al. An interesting line of investigation is to explore the factors that contribute to these mystical experiences and whether they specifically predict the long-term effects of hallucinogens.

Mystical-type experiences predicted positive therapeutic outcomes in patients even after controlling for subjective intensity of the drug effect Griffiths et al. Similar to previous studies with psilocybin in healthy subjects Griffiths et al. However, the overall alterations of mind, reflected by 5D-ASC scores, better predicted the long-term effects of LSD compared with assessments of the more specific acute mystical-type experience, such as MS acute total scores or MEQ30 scores. The extent of acute hallucinogen-induced mystical-type experiences has been shown to be mainly dose-dependent Griffiths et al.

Absolute ratings of the acute mystical-type effects of the hallucinogen on the MS and MEQ were generally higher in the studies by Griffiths and colleagues Barrett et al.

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Importantly, this was the case in both the hallucinogen and control conditions, whereas the acute hallucinogen-induced increases in MS and MEQ scores relative to the control condition were greater after LSD than psilocybin administration Barrett et al. However, placebo or active placebo i. In contrast to the studies by Griffiths and colleagues Griffiths et al. They received monetary compensation for participation and were not required to be spiritually active Liechti et al.

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The participants in the present study had a personal or scientific interest in experiencing the mind-altering effects of the hallucinogen in a safe hospital environment, but no explicit expectations or suggestions of mystical or lasting effects were conveyed by the research team. Thus, these differences in the study populations spiritually active vs. We also observed no cases of relevant mystical-type effects after placebo administration Liechti et al. Thus, the settings of the studies by Griffiths and colleagues appeared to be highly optimized to foster the emergence of mystical experiences Barrett and Griffiths , whereas fewer mystical-type experiences were reported in studies that were conducted by other groups Carhart-Harris et al.

Remaining to be tested are what the high acute mystical experiences and associated long-term effects truly reflect. In contrast, MEQ ratings and thus specifically the mystical-type experiences appeared to mainly predict various long-term effects of psilocybin in more spiritually active subjects Griffiths et al. The present study has several limitations.

First, the study did not include a true control condition for the long-term effects of LSD i. Thus, we cannot exclude the possibility that all of these subjective effects were attributable to expectations of positive long-term effects of LSD. Second, the study sample was small and not sufficiently powered to detect small effects on personality. Third, the questionnaires were previously used in English but were mostly not validated and the translations not validated in German.

Forth, the study was conducted in healthy subjects and used many safety precautions Johnson et al. Therefore, the results cannot necessarily be generalized to other settings or patients. Negative acute responses or negative long-term effects could occur in different populations or environments Carbonaro et al. This work was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation grant nos. The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and approved by the local ethics committee. All of the subjects provided written consent before participating in the study. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U.

Published online Sep Yasmin Schmid and Matthias E. Received Jun 19; Accepted Sep 5. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.

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Abstract Rationale Lysergic acid diethylamide LSD and other serotonergic hallucinogens can induce profound alterations of consciousness and mystical-type experiences, with reportedly long-lasting effects on subjective well-being and personality. Trial registration Registration identification number: Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article Introduction Classic hallucinogens, including d -lysergic acid diethylamide LSD , psilocybin, and dimethyltryptamine which is contained in ayahuasca , produce their psychotropic effects by acting on serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine-2A 5-HT 2A receptors Preller et al.

Persisting Effects Questionnaire The item PEQ is a non-validated questionnaire that has previously been used to study long-term effects of psilocybin Griffiths et al. Mysticism Scale The MS is a validated item questionnaire that was developed to assess primary mystical experiences Hood et al. Additional measures of acute mystical-type and mind-altering effects of LSD Two of the previously described measures of the acute mystical-type and mind-altering effects of LSD Liechti et al. Table 1 Participant ratings mean [SEM] and statistics.

Open in a separate window. NS not significant a Data are expressed as percentage of maximum possible score. Table 2 Correlations between the acute and long term effects of LSD. Compliance with ethical standards The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and approved by the local ethics committee. Conflict of interest The authors declare they have no conflict of interest. Footnotes Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article Curr Top Behav Neurosci in press. Validation of the revised Mystical Experience Questionnaire in experimental sessions with psilocybin.

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College students and adults ages , Ann Arbor: Lysergic acid diethylamide LSD for alcoholism: Over 30 million psychedelic users in the United States. Alterations in conciousness and mystical-type experiences after acute LSD in humans. Illicit use of LSD or psilocybin, but not MDMA or nonpsychedelic drugs, is associated with mystical experiences in a dose-dependent manner.

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