LSD study finds potential treatment for social impairment

It could help people with depression and schizophrenia, say scientists

A study in which people were given the hallucinogen LSD has led to the discovery of a potential target for the treatment of social impairment associated with psychiatric disorders, Swiss researchers report.

LSD tripping out

They found that a serotonin 2A receptor, known as ketanserin, not only blocks the effects of LSD that essentially "dissolves the ego", but that this receptor system could potentially be used to improve impaired social interaction in those with depression or schizophrenia who have lost their sense of self. 

For their experiment,