Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
- LSD and other psychedelics not linked with mental health problems, analysis suggests
- Classic psychedelic use protective with regard to psychological distress and suicidality
- Vikram Zutshi: The political significance of LSD
Therefore, perhaps real change begins with rewiring our perceptual framework. Psychedelic substances have been ingested sacramentally by indigenous cultures to achieve this goal since the dawn of time, and now they’re being validated by the scientific and medical communities. The shifts in consciousness that can be brought about by psychedelics can help in dissolving the man-made boundaries or fear of the other that are implanted in our collective psyche.
- Erowid: Nick Sand
- Tim Scully: Nick Sand Biography
- Casey Hardison: Nick Sand, Orange Sunshine LSD chemist, dies at 75
- 'The Sunshine Makers': Film Review
Cosmo Feilding-Mellen's documentary recounts the story of very different men who became two of the biggest drug dealers in history.
- The Sunshine Makers Official Trailer 1 (2017) (YouTube)
- Peter Sjöstedt-H: The Tim Scully Interview: Manufacturing 750,000,000 Doses of LSD to Save the World
- The first modern images of a human brain on LSD
- Marc Lewis (The Guardian, 2016-04-15): What LSD tells us about human nature
The author of the Guardian article misrepresents the conclusions of this research. He implicitly supports the view that brain activity generates consciousness, or in other words, he (and The Guardian) is a shill for the pernicious materialism of modern science. See these remarks by Bernado Kastrup:
- Increased Global Functional Connectivity Correlates with LSD-Induced Ego Dissolution
- Timothy Leary and the Big Apple
- There Really Is An LSD Shortage, And Here's Why
- The book Journey to Everywhere by Mike Kawitzky (a.k.a. Schwann) has been reviewed by Todd Brendan Fahey here. The book is a highly entertaining memoir of Kawitzky's involvement in the Psychedelic Sixties (and later) and his friendships with some of the luminaries, especially Terence McKenna. It is available from Amazon here.
- Mystic Chemist, the definitive biography of Albert Hofmann, written by Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller (and winner of a prestigious 2014 silver Nautilus Book Award):
Three extacts from this book:
- Published in Scientific American: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out — and Accidentally Discover LSD
- Published on the Reality Sandwich website: Researchers Discover LSD
- Also published on RS: The Search for a Truth Serum
- MAPS's Psychedelic Science 2013, including Albert Hofmann and His LSD. An Eventful Life and a Significant Discovery — An Illustrated Presentation by Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller
- The William Leonard Pickard Website (as at March 17, 2009)
Current version: William Leonard Pickard (April 2014 or later)
- Jon Hanna: Halperngate (724 KB PDF file)
A report on Harvard researcher John Halpern's cooperation with the DEA in the Apperson/Pickard case.
- The Shulgins Blotter Art Fundraiser
Blotter art (signed by Ralph Metzner, Stan Grof and others) is being auctioned to raise money for the medical expenses of Ann and Sasha Shulgin.
- Deadheads Behind Bars
- The Albert Hofmann Foundation
The remarkable psychic properties of LSD, which induces dramatic changes in consciousness at microscopic doses, have inspired millions of people through life-changing transcendent experiences. The intense interest in psychedelic drug research following the discovery of LSD revolutionized the scientific study of the human mind and produced a wealth of new data. During the 17 years of research before it was severely restricted in the late Sixties, over 3,000 scientific and popular articles were published worldwide. Few other chemicals have sparked a comparable level of research activity. The resulting exploration of possibilities within the human mind/body helped fuel the human potential movement in the Sixties, a movement reflected worldwide in new perspectives in business, medicine, ecology, the arts, and politics.
So why was LSD placed in Schedule I and possession of LSD declared illegal, punishable by years in prison? The criteria for a schedule I drug are:
A: Drug has no current accepted medical use.By these criteria nicotine should be a schedule I drug. Nicotine has no medical use and its long-term use often is fatal. Hundreds of thousands of Americans die each year of tobacco-related diseases. It is "abused" by millions of nicotine addicts as an excuse to take 10-20 minutes off work half-a-dozen times a day. (What's "abuse" anyway?) So why is nicotine legal and LSD illegal? Could it be that LSD reveals something that those in positions of wealth and power don't want us to know? Nicotine is a poison which teaches you nothing (except what it is like to be an addict). LSD will show you how things really are. That's one reasn why it's illegal. (There are lots of others, for example, in the 1960s acid fueled opposition to the Vietnam war, and acidheads weren't volunteering in sufficient numbers to kill and to be killed in Vietnam.)
B: Drug has a high potential for abuse.
- The Discovery of LSD
- The Original Captain Trips
Captain Alfred Hubbard (photo at right) was the first LSD evangelist.
- Todd Brendan Fahey: The Original Captain Trips — Who Was 'Captain' Al Hubbard?
- Albert Hofmann: LSD, My Problem Child Also here.
- Interview: The Bear — Owsley: Acid Artist of the Sixties
- ACID DREAMS: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond
- David McCandless: Dr Albert Hofmann: The father of LSD
"As he celebrates his 100th birthday, David McCandless hears about the trip of his lifetime."
- Acid Again Jeff Stratton's article about psychedelic researcher Thomas Lyttle
- [MIND CONTROL] PROGRAMMING WITH LSD-25
- Ron Jacobs: Eros and the Grateful Dead
- The Grateful Dead
- Timothy Leary image gallery and Timothy Leary digital cenotaph
- Elizabeth Gips lived a life graced by God, LSD
- LSD at www.drugwar.com
- Stanislav Grof, M.D.: History of LSD Therapy
- John Marks: The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, Chapter 4: LSD
- Gary Fisher: Treatment of Childhood Schizophrenia Utilizing LSD and Psilocybin
"Now that the FDA has permitted research with LSD and psilocybin to resume, we feel it is important to share examples of a remarkable experiment, the results of which were not sufficiently taken into account because this line of research was prematurely halted in the mid-sixties due to political considerations. Childhood schizophrenia is still a difficult problem to treat and causes much suffering. It is a terrible shame that research done 35 years ago is still the last word on the use of psychedelics to treat these conditions." — Editor, MAPS Newsletter
- LSD at Lycaeum.
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