Schizophrenia and LSD experiences : more similar than once thought
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Schizophrenia and LSD have similarities not only in the neurotransmitters they activate specifically dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate; but, also, in hallucinations and psychosis. Because LSD use was criminalized in the 1960s, today limited research is being conducted on humans using LSD. If, in fact, LSD does "model psychosis", it should provide an understanding for the disorder schizophrenia; therefore, a research of existing literature was read and analyzed to see if this claim is true. Evidence found similarities in dopamine (D2) receptors, serotonin (5-HT 2A)receptors, and glutamate, but found differences in the types of hallucinations and psychosis LSD users and people with schizophrenia experience. In discussing the costs and benefits to conducting LSD research in humans, LSD should continue to be researched and further explored in animal models so one day it, again, can be used with humans.