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The hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25 The hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25
by The Ovi Team
2020-04-16 09:39:53
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lsdApril 16th 1943 in Basel, Switzerland, chemist Albert Hoffman accidently discovered the hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25 while working on the medicinal value of lysergic acid. LSD has had a fairly short, but wild history in the United States. It was first synthesized in 1938 from lysergic acid derivatives. The pharmaceutical company studying it did not realize its potency until 5 years later, however, when a researcher accidentally absorbed a small amount through his hand and felt the powerful effects. This researcher took an LSD trip a few days later, which sparked great interest in the drug.

The first hope for LSD was that it could be used as a powerful psychiatric drug. It was used to try to replicate mental illnesses, as a way to study them. It was also experimented with to help with psychotherapy, to enhance creativity, and later to cure alcoholism. Many researchers jumped on the LSD bandwagon in the 1950′s and 60′s, hoping that this drug could provide breakthroughs in mental health treatment. Many patients were given the drug in experiments, and an estimated 400,000 people were actually prescribed the drug for treatment. However, no real medical use was found.

Soon after, psychiatrists began using the drug recreationally, and this type of use became very popular, very quickly. Then came the age of the 60′s, with their psychedelic culture, and LSD and other hallucinogens were widely used. California became the first state to ban LSD in 1966, and the rest of the states and other countries quickly followed. The effects of using LSD were too risky, including the hallucinations, panic reactions, and psychotic behaviour that are so common with it. It became a Schedule I drug because of its potential for abuse, and its lack of real medical uses.



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