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Scientists use crowdfunding to boost LSD research

Scientists have turned to crowdfunding to support an imaging study showing the effects of LSD on the brain, the first to be conducted in the UK.

The team has begun a psychedelic research programme with £100,000 of funding from The Beckley Foundation. However, the group needs a further £25,000, which they are attempting to raise through the crowdfunding website Walacea. The crowdfunding campaign will run for 45 days from 5 March 2015.

“Political stigma has silenced research,” says David Nutt, the principal investigator and a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.

The researchers used functional MRI and magnetoencephalography imaging to record the effects of a 75μg IV dose of LSD given to 20 subjects. Additional funding is needed to fully analyse the results.

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068091

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