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For me having sex on LSD was actually a very spiritual feeling. Linda Kasabian
Drop acid, not bombs. Hippy quote
He took a little trip. LSD trip. Coogan’s Bluff 1968 starring Clint Eastwood & Susan Clark & Tisha Sterling & Don Stroud & Betty Field & Tom Tully & James Edwards & Lee J Cobb et al, director Don Siegel, rozzer to Coogan
If it wasn’t meant to happen, it wouldn’t have been invented. Marianne Faithfull, interview 1968
It’s a heavy trip. I slept for thirty-six hours, man. The Trip 1967 starring Peter Fonda & Susan Strasberg & Dennis Hopper & Bruce Derm et al, director Roger Corman, bloke in psychedelic house
You here for some acid? ibid. her to him
Turn off your mind. And relax. And then just float down the stream. ibid. geezer to Fonda
I can see right into my brain. ibid. Fonda
Fuck the drug war. Dropping acid was a profound turning point for me, a seminal experience. I make no apologies for it. More people should do acid. It should be sold over the counter. George Carlin, Last Words
LSD? Nothing much happened, but I did get the distinct impression that some birds were trying to communicate with me. W H Auden
LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behaviour in people who have NOT taken it. Timothy Leary
The ancient goals to be followed can be defined in modern terms in the metaphors of the present as Turn on, Tune in and Drop out. Timothy Leary
Whoever it was who put a tab of acid in the producer’s pint of bitter, it was very naughty indeed. The producer has asked me to say, Can the three blue crocodiles come and see her about the custard. Arthur Smith, First Exposure
Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather. Bill Hicks, Sane Man
Definitely taking LSD was one of the most important things in my life. Steve Jobs, interview CBS 60 Minutes Walter Isaacson
LSD reminds me of the minks that escape from mink-farms and breed in the forest and become dangerous and destructive. It has escaped from the drug factory and gets made in college laboratories. Robert Graves
Known on the street as acid, dots, blotter, tabs, cheer or lightning, LSD use isn’t restricted to old hippies. There are no exact numbers of LSD users in Britain. LSD: Trip to Hell?
Serotonin is a neuro-transmitter. Responsible for relaying singles between nerve and brain cells. Perception, emotion, appetite and sleep are affected by its fluctuations. The chemical structure of LSD is similar to Serotonin, and fits almost like a key into the Serotonin receptors, stimulating their activity. ibid.
Exactly how the LSD molecule works to remove cluster pain is a mystery for scientists. ibid.
In 1938 chemist Albert Hofmann was working for a Swiss pharmaceutical company looking to develop a respiratory stimulant. He was using a molecule known to constrict blood vessels – Ergotamine. A fungus that grows on wild grass. He synthesised an ergoline derivative called lysergide acid with diethylamide. While experimenting with the compound five years later, a tiny speck dropped on to his skin and entered his blood stream. Within forty minutes he could feel its unexpected and extraordinary effects. Intrigued, he took a larger dose. And while riding his bicycle home he experienced the world’s first LSD trip. ibid.
By 1965 more than two thousand LSD articles were published in medical journals. And 40,000 patients given Delysid. Its effects were tested on everything from alcoholism to autism. Military in America and Britain got in on the action. ibid.
This is the first time Nick Sand has ever gone on camera about his illegal activities. Shown here in rarely seen footage from the early 1970s. He and his colleagues manufactured a 300 microgram hit of LSD, said to have a special karma – orange sunshine. ibid.
For some people they never see the world again in exactly the same way. Why can a molecule do that? Professor David Nicholls
We think that it activates a type of brain receptor known as a Serotonin 2-A receptor. Professor David Nicholls
If used improperly it could hurt you, disturb you, make you crazy. Albert Hofmann
A tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be. Albert Hofmann
I suddenly became strangely inebriated. The external world became changed as in a dream. Objects appeared to gain in relief; they assumed unusual dimensions; and colors became more glowing. Even self-perception and the sense of time were changed. When the eyes were closed, colored pictures flashed past in a quickly changing kaleidoscope. After a few hours, the not unpleasant inebriation, which had been experienced whilst I was fully conscious, disappeared. What had caused this condition? Dr Albert Hofmann, Laboratory Notes 1943
It was an American translation with a new emphasis and a new title. The Psychedelic Experience was written in 1964 by Harvard Professor Timothy Leary ... The researchers found strong similarities between the drug experience and the Tibetan death experience. Decoding the Past s3e4: The Tibetan Book of the Dead, History 2007
The best-known psychedelic is LSD which was discovered by the Sandoz laboratories in Switzerland. Keen to find a legitimate medical application for the drug the company mass-produced it in the late 1950s and supplied psychiatric researchers around the world. Horizon: Psychedelic Science, BBC 1997
White fog lifting & falling on mountain-brow
Trees moving in rivers of wind
The clouds arise
as on a wave, gigantic eddy lifting mist
above teeming ferns exquisitely swayed
along a green crag
glimpsed thru mullioned glass in valley raine. Allen Ginsberg, Wales Visitation
Why was Frank Olson killed? ... Frank Olson worked at Fort Detrick, Maryland ... Two weeks before his death Frank went to a three-day conference with some of his colleagues and came home a changed man. Vincent Ruwet, Frank’s boss, told the Olsons he believed that Frank was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Just before Thanksgiving he took Frank to New York for treatment. While in New York Frank shared a hotel room with Dr Robert Lashbrook, a CIA scientist. Nearly a week passed before Frank’s family finally heard from him. Frank Olson was dead at the age of forty-three. Investigators determined that he had either jumped or fallen to his death. The night manager of the hotel also found Frank’s death suspicious. Unsolved Mysteries, NBC 1994
Years later a government commission was formed to investigate past abuses committed by the CIA. The official report made mention of a scientist who had plunged to his death from a hotel room ten days after being dosed with LSD. That scientist turned out to be Frank Olson. Over the next year and a half the Olson family received a formal apology from President Ford and a cheque from the government for $750,000. ibid.
The laced drinks were served to eight of the ten scientists present. Some of them including Frank Olson were not warned about the test. Within an hour the LSD took effect. When [Sid] Gottlieb told the group their drinks had been spiked with LSD, Frank Olson became very angry. Then Frank made his fatal trip to New York supposedly suffering from a nervous breakdown. ibid.
Psychedelics are drugs which cause very major changes in the way in which people see the world – changes which are not really possible by any other means. Dr Carl Jenson
So-called hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and Magic Mushrooms emerged from the 1960s hippy counter culture. Drugs Inc s2e4: Hallucinogens, National Geographic 2012
Doctors are again investigating the potential benefits of LSD. ibid.