02.03.2016
wellness

This Man Says LSD Saved His Life

Sometimes you just need to reset.

Everything is temporary. The human experience can sometimes feel like a game of dodgeball that happens at hyper-speed. And things––such as our health or financial well being––are constantly being thrown at us, that fast. After an unexpected brain hemorrhage (as if there is ever an expected brain hemorrhage) left Eric Perry "strangely fearful of death," with the claustrophobia and debilitating pressure of depression placing Perry in dire need of a mental reset, he sought out an unlikely treatment.

In a personal essay published earlier this week in men's monthly GQ, the seemingly "everyman" details how after learning of the anecdotal medical benefits offered by psychedelics such as psilocybin and LSD in treating anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, he decided to experiment with the chemicals in an attempt to rewire his outlook.

"When I heard about people (in my neighborhood, even) using hallucinogens to push beyond their preoccupations, to help them live without fear, I decided that was a trip I had to take," he writes.

What Perry eventually learns about himself and his limits is nothing short of revelatory. His story is more of an elevated self reflection than a rambling and still-out-in-space attempt to define the psychedelic experience. 

From GQ:

You lie there, waiting for something bigger to happen. Because all this—the drugs, the group work, presumably the Mariah Carey as well—is supposed to cure you of your crippling fear of death.
...And then something happened. A tunnel opened up in the void, shaped something like a heating duct, though more attractive, pimped out with divine light, and at the end of this very long heating duct I saw myself. It was a joyous reunion. I don’t think I’ve been so happy to see anyone in my entire life.

The practice of self-medication via psychedelics for symptoms brought on by mental health disorders is not new, and is frequently the subject of Internet news headlines and think pieces. For adventurous psychonauts seeking to challenge the status quo, this means a self-administered style of experimentation. For now.

As stigmas surrounding psychedelics begin to dissipate, the road that seems to swirl and stretch into brilliant colors and kaleidoscope-like imagery, could after all be traveled a bit more frequently by formal studies and scientific process.

Thanks to Boing Boing for turning us on.

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