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Performance-enhancing psychedelics: Can LSD make you better at sport?

These performance-enhancing effects of psychedelics may be “without dispute” in certain underground sub-cultures but it is unlikely an elite athlete would be taking a high dose of LSD before participating in a major gold-medal event in the Olympics.

Her description of the experience doesn’t suggest the drug made it easier to run the long marathon. Instead, unsurprisingly, the psychedelic simply amplified what was already an intensely psychological experience. Siskind certainly isn’t the first person to reportedly run an ultramarathon on LSD but it does seem clear psychedelics can be just as much of a performance-hinderer as a performance-enhancer.

Original Article (New Atlas):
Performance-enhancing psychedelics: Can LSD make you better at sport?
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