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HISTORY LSD was originally synthesized at the Sandoz Pharmaceutical Company in Switzerland as part of a long-term project begun in the 1930s The aim was to develop useful medicines that were derived from ergot a fungus Claviceps purpurea that infect grasses such as Rye The chemist in charge of this drug development project was Albert Hoffman In 1943 he synthesized a compound he called LSD-25 One night while at work he accidentally ingested some of it and within forty minutes he had the first LSD trip He told his colleagues he was not feeling well and got on his bike to go home Later he carefully described the vividly clear flood of perceptions that are characteristic of the mind manifesting or psychedelic drug After World War II LSD caused a flurry of excitement among some professionals and its medical value was tested in psychiatric patients yet there was still no widely popular movement until the 1960s Because of its potency and the extensive reports of laboratory studies in animals and in the clinic LSD has become the prototypical hallucinogen or psychedelic drug It also became the emblem of a social movement which in fact was a confluence of various movements that had begun in the early 1960s By 1973 the acid culture had subsided into a small but still active subculture of various psychedelic drug devotees seeking meaning and profound insight Timothy Leary a young psychology instructor as Harvard explored the Mexican or magic mushroom Psilocybe mexicana and LSD claiming that criminals became loving and peaceful and others more creative Between 1960 and 1966 the media repeatedly discovered LSD As publicity increased subcultures experimented with mushrooms and LSD grew up in the East and West Coast Well publicized festivals celebrated LSD marijuana and mushrooms such as Summer of Love in San Francisco Learys challenge for youth was the turn on tune in and drop out with acid As more and more
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