The History of LSD

One of the things that makes smoking marijuana so great is the altered mind state you find yourself in when you are high. Marijuana is slightly psychedelic, compared to other drugs, like LSD also known as acid. LSD, like cannabis is currently illegal in most countries, despite the lack of any real danger caused by taking it. Here is a short history of LSD:

Discovery

LSD was first synthesized in 1938, by Albert Hofmann. Its psychedelic properties remained unknown until 5 years later, when 250 micrograms of LSD were ingested by Hofmann (we now know that 20 micrograms is the threshold dose). The day Hofmann took LSD is known as bicycle day, because after he took the drug, he got on his bike and started cycling home, and this is when it hit him. Bear in mind that no one had ever taken the drug before, so the sudden hallucinations came as a surprise to Hofmann. He did not know what was happening or why. He also thought that he will remain in this psychedelic state for ever. Luckily for him the effects wore off after a few hours and he was back to normal.

 

Government research

 

After its discovery LSD was used as a psychiatric drug, its recreational use was not even considered. A few years after the discovery, around 1950, the US government began experimenting with numerous drugs, including LSD in order to explore the possibilities for pharmaceutical mind control, the program was called MK-ULTRA. Hundreds of participants, including CIA agents, government employees, military personnel, prostitutes, members of the general public, and mental patients were given LSD, many without their knowledge or consent. The results showed that LSD could not be used as a truth drug and the results were too variable for any other use by the government.

 

Recreational use

 

In its early days LSD was mainly used by academics who were doing research on it, but also chose to test it for themselves. It then spread to other intellectuals such as writers and musicians. Due to the popularity of some of the people using it fans of those musicians and writers started using it too. Band like Pink Floyd, The Beatles and people like Jimi Hendrix helped popularize the recreational use of LSD and spread it to the masses. It soon became a large part of the hippie movement and one of the most popular recreational drugs in the United States.

 

Prohibition

In 1966 LSD became illegal in the United States and soon the world. It is currently a Schedule 1 drug, because according to officials it has a “high potential for abuse” and is without any “currently accepted medical use in treatment”. This cannot be said about alcohol however.

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