Word of Mouth - LSD
If you’re of a certain age you may remember the Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – a song that celebrates the psychedelic properties of the drug LSD.
LSD was discovered by accident by a Swiss chemist.
Albert Hoffmann worked in a Basel pharmaceutical laboratory for the company Sandoz, now owned by the Swiss drug giant Novartis.
Hoffmann first synthesised the drug in 1938 while looking for a respiratory stimulant.
It was only five vears later on April 16 1943 when he went back to have a second look at his earlier work that an extraordinary thing happened. He absorbed a small amount through his fingertips. He described what happened:
I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated-like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After about two hours this condition faded away.
Garry Littman takes a look into his story in this week's episode of Word of Mouth...
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