Do psychedelic drugs generate synesthetic experiences?

07 October 2012

Question

How do psychedelic drugs generate synesthetic experiences such as seeing the colours of music?

Answer

Duncan - Well, we don't know exactly how that occurs, but we do know that it does occur. It also can occur through brain accident or injury as well. I think it's an unknown question. I mean, what we don't know is if it's the same mechanism or whether it's a completely different mechanism. What we do know is it can occur through taking LSD or 'acid' that people do indeed experience something very similar to synaesthesia.

Chris - So there you go, if you want to know what it's like, you have to take some LSD, but don't do that, not a good idea.

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