"LSD has this brilliant capacity, to strip back the labels we attach to ourselves, the games that we play with our identity. A lot of people with chronic mental illnesses have very low self esteem and very low opinions of themselves. They have these labels they carry around and one of the problems with long mental disorder and addiction is the rigidity. It's so hard to break that down. So what these drugs do especially LSD, it has the capacity to make you think outside the box, it gives you new ways to think about old problems and this is a really important step forward for someone who has rigid set of personality traits and especially about their own identity and self belief being very negative. I think it is important, with these drugs, they are immensely powerful and we do see problems with them, and we do see people coming to harm with them, it's all about how they're harnessed and managed, how the experience is facilitated and integrated.
We are in a situation now with depression, anxiety and trauma based addictions, that they are plaguing our society; we know what causes them, trauma, but the treatments are very poor, we mask the symptoms using anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and mood stabilisers that simply paper over the cracks and don’t affect the route cause of the problem. Drugs like MDMA, Psilocybin and LSD could be the antibiotic to mental health as penicillin was to general medicine a hundred years ago.
LSD’s history begins in addiction, the majority of the work in the 50s early 60s was with addiction and alcohol addiction in particular. The common route of addiction is similar for all sorts of addictions: sex, gambling, substance or tech. LSD's capacity to break the rigidity of addiction, could off-course be used to treat technological addiction yes. The thing about addiction it is a very complex situation that forms an addiction, you have biological factors and physical biological factors that create changes in the brain." - Sessa