EXPERIENCE TRUE PSYCHEDELIC TRIPS!
MIND-BLOWER #20 – late ’60s / early ’70s
LSD : LYSERGIC ACID DIETHYLAMIDE
The influence and effect that LSD had on history and the Counter Culture of the ’60s and ’70s was profound to say the least. LSD served as the “missing link” of evolution from the stagnant dominance of “unquestioned authority” to it’s revolutionary opposite, “Question Authority”.
It all started when Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann, employed at Sandoz Pharmaceutics first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938, and five years later in 1943 while re-synthesizing LSD he accidentally absorbed a small quantity through his fingertips and historically discovered its powerful effects. Three days later, on April 19, 1943, Hofmann intentionally ingested 250 micro grams of LSD. This day is now known as “Bicycle Day’, because after starting to feel the effects of the drug he rode home on a bike, and that became the first intentional physical and mental “acid trip”.
Meanwhile, the Nazi’s success with hallucinogens on the prisoners at Dauchau during World War II continued unabated in 1953 with the C.I.A.’s mind control program called MK-Ultra.
After experiments with hypnosis, lobotomy, electroshock, sensory deprivation, ESP and drugs, the C.I.A. finally settled on hypnosis and LSD-25 as most effective.
At the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, the MK-Ultra LSD experiments escalated to the absurd by dosing some of the mostly Black “patients” up to seventy-five days straight. But they were not the only “guinea pigs”, the Government/C.I.A. has since admitted and paid out millions to thousands of families and victims due to the secret public LSD-dosing of citizens from 1955 through 1958.
While the C.I.A. and the Government may have succeeded in perfecting their LSD-enhanced hypnosis mind-control on key individual “Manchurian Candidate-style” “patsies” like Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, John Hinckley Jr. and Mark David Chapman – their further plan to blunt the ever-expanding rebellious youth movement of the ’60s by supplying millions of doses ordered from Sandoz (Sandoz refused to fill the order, so Eli Lilly did) backfired famously when the Counter Culture voluntarily dosed themselves with LSD and thus became very, very aware.
The C.I.A.’s previous test results on unwilling subjects did not include the unexpected outcome of willing subjects.
The Counter Culture’s LSD trips were entered into with curious optimism and they emerged with a higher state of consciousness, a keen eye for the truth and with an invigorated sense of purpose; to prevail over the injustice, inequality and sinister underlying oppression that was delivered in the usual condescending patriarchal manner of the unchallenged past.
The transcendent awareness that LSD delivered was undoubtedly the icing on the Marijuana & Mescaline cake that we were already consuming to feed our heads.
Ironically, the C.I.A.’s intended use of LSD to control us actually made us more free and uncontrollable than before – it created a level playing field where we could see through their lies, misinformation, scare tactics and manipulations – plus we had all of the trippy and fun LSD benefits to balance out all of the truths and harsh realities of the world that we were uncovering.
00individual had a fondness for LSD as it always held the anticipation of promised mystery and excitement with each Trip. It was healthy to alter your reality, it kept you alert and aware during an epic time when we all could use a little cosmic jolt and epiphanous insight to weather the changing times of both our outer and inner worlds.
Here’s a quote about LSD from Albert Hofmann from his speech on his 100th birthday:
“It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation. […] I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.”
– Please disregard any advertisements that may appear on this site –
00individual does not endorse nor receive any payment of any kind from any advertiser(s).