Sadly there exists no huge-scale on the potential of psychedelics in the treatment and management of ASD. Though back in the 1960s and 70s there were some studies that experimented in providing psychedelics to autistics, their design were hopelessly flawed that made their results utterly useless. The reactions of autistic children to LSD doses were inconsistently erratic and failed to convey to researchers anything of value regarding the use of psychedelics in treating ASD.
A 2013 survey that scientist Alicia Danforth performed on 100s of autistic individuals who demonstrated that taking MDMA they reported marked improvements in social anxiety-related problems. Other reports indicate that the drug was largely responsible for improvements in well-being.
Here are some reports from autistic adults who took LSD:
It feels nice to be able to change as a person; it was not something that I was expecting very much; for most of my life, I did not change.
I guess it broke down barriers, is how I would describe it. Yeah, it felt like up until that point, I just sort of always lived in a shell, like in a bubble. The way I isolated from people, and, yeah, I just sort of tore that down, I said, ‘There’s no need for there to be a barrier.’
I wanted to talk to people, but not in the way I usually do, i.e., lecture them. I listened to other people and cared deeply about what they were saying. I was actually enjoying making eye contact. Suddenly, there was no discomfort at all. Not only no discomfort, but suddenly, it was like I could see the person behind the eyes, and I wanted to sort of know who it was. And I was sort of just looking in there to look for a slight reaction, slight sort of changes just to see how he was reacting to me.
For the first time, it was very, like, like I finally got it. Like, you know how, I guess, autistic people, they don’t really know those unwritten social rules and all that? You know, the nuances in conversation and stuff like that? Like, I got it. Like, it was just like, bing!
I wanted to talk to people, but not in the way I usually do, i.e., lecture them. I listened to other people and cared deeply about what they were saying. I was actually enjoying making eye contact. Suddenly, there was no discomfort at all.