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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 Monday October 15 2018, @07:58PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 15 2018, @07:58PM (#749202)

    > Personally, I've never touched the stuff - ...

    Sorry to hear about your friends. I wouldn't touch it now, for just the reason you mentioned, street sources aren't pure, or "trace-able".

    I feel fortunate that I was able to try some windowpane acid (a ~2mm square of gelatin, paper thin) when that was still available (early 1970s). Don't have any friends from that era that had long term problems with it, even relatively large doses (like 10 of these tiny 'panes at a time). The delivery system was so small that it's hard to imagine any impurities in a quantity to be dangerous. Maybe the latest high potency opioids (iirc, designed for skin-patch delivery) are in the same class of dose-size?

    We can only hope for a day when good sources will be available again(??)

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday October 15 2018, @10:58PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday October 15 2018, @10:58PM (#749267) Journal

    We can only hope for a day when good sources will be available again(??)

    You'd want a "drug printer" or something, so that you actually know what you're getting. Alternatively, you could use a test kit [tripsafe.org] to rule out some substances.

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