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Bicycle Day Research Paper

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Albert Hofmann and Bicycle Day: How LSD changed the World It is true that my discovery of LSD was a chance discovery, but it was the outcome of planned experiments and these experiments took place in the framework of systematic pharmaceutical, chemical research. It could better be described as serendipity.- Albert Hofmann. Many people know about the effects of LSD-25 but have yet to learn the history of the substance. Albert Hofmann synthesized, experienced, and changed the world with lysergic acid.

Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD-25 at Sandoz laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, in 1938 (The History of LSD). Hofmann’s studies had shifted to ergot, which is a fungus that grows on rye, hoping to obtain an analeptic, a circulatory and respiratory stimulant (LSD: Cultural Revolution and Medical Advances). Pharmacologists had no interest in the new substance,and
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After some two hours this condition faded away.” With this in mind, Hofmann had decided to do a self experiment. (Hofmann 12)

Albert Hofmann’s discovery changed the medical world. Pharmacologists and psychologists, often used LSD medically. After LSD being used medically, in the 60s it became a huge counterculture that included Timothy Leary who was a major face of this movement. As a result of the growth in popularity of LSD in the 60s, and the harm of irresponsible use, it became a schedule 1 substance and use declined. Despite the dangerous stereotype associated with LSD, it has inspired the creation of many movies, paintings, and songs.

The creation of this powerful substance has affected much since its creation. It has changed the lives of many individuals (Kirkland). A small amount of this substance has created enormous effects to the people who have consumed it, but also the history of the entire
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