On this date in 1943 Albert Hoffman discovered the effects of LSD-25 through a laboratory accident. While researching the compound he accidently absorbed some through his finger. He described the effects as
“… affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated[-]like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away.”
Three days later he took the world’s first deliberate LSD trip. His use of the drug hundreds of times did not seem to hurt him as he lived to be 102 years old and was named as one the 100 greatest living geniuses by the London Telegraph at the age of 101. Find out more.
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