>> Tuesday, April 29, 2008
albert hofmann passed on... his "problem child", L.S.D. is easily among the most influential discoveries of the past 100 years.
albert discovered lysergic acid diethylamide while searching for medically useful derivatives of ergot (which coincidentally may have been involved in much earlier strangeness)
during the cold war, the CIA was interested in it as a potential "truth serum" and ordered 100,000,000 does from sandoz, the company that produced LSD while it was legal. a GREAT book documenting this history entirely from documents released through the Freedom of Information Act is Acid Dreams, the complete social history of LSD.
psychiatrists have been very interested from the start, but research was put on hold when LSD was made illegal in late 1966. recently there has been a renewed effort to have the drug studied under scientific circumstances. among other uses, it has shown remarkable potential to combat alcoholism.
most of all it has blown a lot of minds.
let's let the doctor speak for his creation...
"I believe that if people would learn to use LSD's vision-inducing capability more wisely, under suitable conditions, in medical practice and in conjunction with meditation, then in the future this problem child could become a wonderchild."