Can LSD cure depression?

Was Timothy Leary and Aldous Huxley right after all?

Psychotherapy combined with mind-altering drugs is once again being considered as a method to helping those with certain psychiatric disorders.

"Who are you?" said the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. Scientists are looking at the use of magic mushroom and LSD to help unlock memories. Triggering a different perception with help some patients with everything from pain to suppressed memories.

For people dealing with depression, chronic pain or compulsive disorders the study by Swiss scientists seems to suggest an exploration should be done into the clinical potential of these drugs. There has been a certain negative aspect for a doctor to use this type of drug in the past.

Recent brain imaging studies show that psychedelics such as lysergic acid diethlamide (LSD), ketamine and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) have an effect on the brain that could actually help in a clinical situation.

The drugs that are currently available to cure depression certainly have a long list of possible side effects. It will be interesting to see if this more "natural" method has significant results.