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Psychedelic drugs may be making a comeback

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Terms like LSD or acid bring to mind Woodstock, The Beatles and the 1960s.

Decades later, the psychedelic drug is making a comeback in Middle Tennessee. And it may actually be due to some of the positive headlines about LSD.

More research is being done on the use of psychedelics in therapy. Experts say it could be a treatment tool for anxiety and depression.

Those using it recreationally are getting in trouble.

A Clarksville man was arrested Wednesday after investigators found more than six pounds of LSD, a street value of more than $5 million, in his home.

Last week, a Murfreesboro college student was arrested for public intoxication. Police say he was naked in a parking lot, and admitted to taking LSD.

LSD and other psychedelic drugs are making a comeback.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 18-25-year-olds who reported using LSD grew by 40 percent between 2013 and 2015.

"You could take LSD and not even realize you are in this room right now. Everything is moving, everything is changing,” said Cory Zuccaro, treatment specialist at Addiction Campuses.

Zuccaro is a recovering drug addict. He said he has used LSD more than 50 times.

“You do things and you think things that you wouldn't normally think. You think you can jump off a 12-foot high cliff because you think you have super powers,” Zuccaro said.

But according to grad student and Psychedelics Today podcast host Kyle Buller, a downsized dose could help treat PTSD.

“If you look at the history, LSD was originally used for applications and psychotherapy,” Buller said.

Buller said it's important to emphasize that the drug is simply a tool, not a cure, and is most effective when used with therapy. He worries people may read about these studies and think it's safe to use for fun.

“People are not just going out and partying and doing it in a recreational setting where there could be a lot of physical danger around, and that is where you can get into some of that psychological danger,” Buller said.

This past August, the FDA deemed an ecstasy-based therapy program breakthrough therapy. Buller said it means the drug could some be legal for some patients with mental health issues.

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