When acclaimed novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley was dying, his final words were: “LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.”
Huxley’s wife Laura complied with his wishes, and the celebrated author of Brave New World
crossed over the post-biological threshold into the White Light with
Albert Hofmann’s magic molecules nestled in the synapses of his brain.
Modern cultural links in art and music abound, and it’s no accident
that the most celebrated psychedelic rock band of all-time is known as
The Grateful Dead.
Some of the most valuable and promising research that’s been
conducted with psychedelics has been in the area of treating the
For example, the studies of psychiatric researcher Stanislav Grof and
colleague’s at Spring Grove State Hospital in Baltimore, with
terminally ill patients, provided strong evidence that a psychedelic
experience can be immensely beneficial for people in their final stages
Between the years 1967 and 1972 studies with terminal cancer patients
by Grof and colleagues showed that LSD combined with psychotherapy
could alleviate symptoms of depression, tension, anxiety, sleep
disturbances, psychological withdrawal, and even severe physical pain
that was resistant to opiates.
It also improved communication between the patients and their loved ones.
Considering that the dying process is probably the most universally
feared of all human experiences, that the death of loved ones causes
more suffering in this world than anything else, and that death appears
to be an inevitable fact of nature--it seems like it might be a good
idea to pay attention to what researchers have learned about how
psychedelics can help to ease the dying process.