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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: 2) by takyon on Monday October 15 2018, @11:06PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday October 15 2018, @11:06PM (#749272) Journal

    Personally, I've never touched the stuff - I've seen a few friends get very messed up on it, including one who went completely MIA for 3 months when taking a mix of LSD and Ecstasy.

    Both substances (taken to mean genuine lysergic acid diethylamide and pure MDMA []) are easy to fake. For example, the NBOMe family of substances for "acid" blotters, which have similar effects but could be more dangerous, and any number of substances + adulterants can and do stand in [] for MDMA.

    So unless your friend got both substances tested or really knew where the stuff was coming from, nobody on the planet could tell you what your friend was actually on. The anecdotes are essentially worthless.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Mykl on Tuesday October 16 2018, @12:16AM

    by Mykl (1112) on Tuesday October 16 2018, @12:16AM (#749310)

    OK. How about instead I say "I would never touch something obtained from a drug dealer no matter what they claimed it was"?

    Though, to be honest, recreational drugs are not my thing anyway even if 'safe'. I did come to this conclusion watching many friends get messed up on various drugs, and lost the desire to drink alcohol at the same time. It doesn't bother me at all when others have a drink around me - I just have no interest in it any more and never really liked the taste anyway.