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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: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Monday October 15 2018, @05:32AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 15 2018, @05:32AM (#748840) Journal

    A few of those cases should be wending their way through the courts by now. If it's not against the law to indulge, then what business is it of the boss? The test is illegal, in and of itself, unless a judge issues a warrant. No one has the right to pry into my private life, or to force or coerce me into supplying a urine or blood sample.

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  • (Score: 2) by legont on Tuesday October 16 2018, @12:33AM

    by legont (4179) on Tuesday October 16 2018, @12:33AM (#749318)

    Certain occupations have stricter requirements; say medical or financial personal. In fact there are very few professions of upper middle class level without that kind of restrictions.

    "Wealth is the relentless enemy of understanding" - John Kenneth Galbraith.