Got Acid? I’m Tripping Out. The Return of Hofmann’s Problem Child: LSD

Gary Stix writes in Scientific American:

Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, lambasted the countercultural movement for marginalizing a chemical that he asserted had potential benefits as an invaluable supplement to psychotherapy and spiritual practices such as meditation. “This joy at having fathered LSD was tarnished after more than ten years of uninterrupted scientific research and medicinal use when LSD was swept up in the huge wave of an inebriant mania that began to spread over the Western world, above all the United States, at the end of the 1950s,” Hofmann groused in his 1979 memoir LSD: My Problem Child.

For just that reason, Hofmann was jubilant in the months before his death last year, at the age of 102, when he learned that the first scientific research on LSD in decades was just beginning in his native Switzerland. “He was very happy that, as he said, ‘a long wish finally became true,’ ” remarks Peter Gasser, the physician leading the clinical trial. “He said that the substance must be in the hands of medical doctors again.”

The preliminary study picks up where investigators left off. It explores the possible therapeutic effects of the drug on the intense anxiety experienced by patients with life-threatening disease, such as cancer…


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11 Comments on "Got Acid? I’m Tripping Out. The Return of Hofmann’s Problem Child: LSD"

  1. I want some!

  2. mousetrapreplica | Oct 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm |

    This is insane, or maybe not…..

  3. Bring back them Qualudes too. A wonderful drug. Non addictive, no hangover,fun fun fun

    • GoodDoktorBad | Dec 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

      Quaaludes were a highly addictive and powerful prescription tranqilizer. I knew a few quaalude freaks in high school, one died from O.D. Fun, fun, fun……

  4. It is fantastic for meditation, I can vouch for that.

  5. It's a real life changer if taken correctly. I feel a lot of the horror stories are urban rumors, propaganda, or people who took way too much/didn't know what to expect (just wanted to get high).

    • I agree. After doing it for the first time my life changed majorly, for the better.

  6. jonathanstatski | Oct 18, 2009 at 5:34 pm |

    This LSD stuff is nasty. It can really mess someone up.

    • Nope. That's almost completely incorrect. The worst things that come from an LSD trip are a 15% chance of flashbacks or a bad trip. Apart from that, LSD has an incredibly high overdose threshold, much higher than that of alcohol or any number of legal prescription drugs. Apart from the odd flashback experience, it has no known and verified negative long term effects.

      • actually it will change you as a person every time you dose. it can bring about dormant mental illness. and you can get stuck in a trip no matter how much you take. it can be dangerous if you're not ready for it. so do your research. be in a good place with good people. it made my life better

  7. I agree. After doing it for the first time my life changed majorly, for the better.

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