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posted by mrpg on Sunday October 14 2018, @05:03PM   Printer-friendly
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From 'problem child' to 'prodigy'? LSD turns 75

Lysergic acid diethylamide was labelled a "problem child" by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image.

The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD's psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz.

He wanted the drug to be medically researched, convinced it could be a valuable psychiatric tool and lead to a deeper understanding of human consciousness.

But through the 1960s, LSD became synonymous with counterculture and anti-authority protests.

By the early 1970s, it had been widely criminalised in the West, prompting Hofmann to publish his 1979 memoir, "LSD: My Problem Child".


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @06:51PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @06:51PM (#748682)

    Magical times of rampant rape and misogyny!

    Smash the Patriarchy. Ban drugs and alcohol.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:25PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:25PM (#748689)

    Sounds like someone needs to get laid!

    Although you make a good point, psychadelics were used by some to manipulate and abuse others. But that is just humans being shitty, the methods are not the source of the problem.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:50PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:50PM (#748693)

    According to feminists, anything psychoactive from magic mushrooms to LSD to cannabis to DMT species, you name it, has no other use than date rape.

    I have never met a more miserable group of people scared shitless of female sexuality and spirituality outside of the Calvinist religions and Christian Identity movement. Disclaimer: maybe my opinion is tainted by extensive involvement of money from families such as the Van Andels and DeVoses. Those feminists claim to worship Diane, but as far as I can tell, that "goddess" is just Yahweh in drag, otherwise known as MAMMON.

    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday October 14 2018, @08:43PM (2 children)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Sunday October 14 2018, @08:43PM (#748708) Journal

      Yyyyyyeah, I've never heard a feminist lump all of those together. You're talking about one specific group of early third-wavers and second-wave fringe elements who, as you said, worship Yahweh in drag. The irony has not escaped me. THIS feminist says avoid drugs on principle just because they reduce your mindfulness, but there may be applications for mild psychedelics and possibly purified, standardized extracts of cannabis. If it can help people, use it. Just use it properly and respect it.

      --
      I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:31PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:31PM (#748721)

        they reduce your mindfulness

        I strongly disagree. Cannabis has greatly helped me to get away from PTSD and exercise more mindfulness.

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:36PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:36PM (#748752)

          > ...Cannabis has greatly helped me ...

          Point I take away from this is that everyone is different, what works for you may not work for me. Do your own thinking!