How LSD Affects the Brain

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Lysergic acid diethylamide appears to interact with serotonin 2A receptors.

The psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is known for its euphoric effects, and for inducing long “trips.” Now, in two studies published last week (one in Current Biology, the other in Cell), scientists have examined how LSD produces such diverse effects and why the drug takes so long to wear off. The results of both studies suggest that LSD’s effects are mediated by the serotonin 2A receptor, and that the drug is just the right shape to bind this receptor for extended periods of time.

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