Essay LSD: Lysergic Acid Deithylamide

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Hallucinogens can alter the mind; it cause changes in mood and cause the user to have unusual thoughts. Hallucinogens do not always cause hallucinations, despite of the name; the user feels false sensations that they only experience. Hallucinogens induce the user to act and say things that they would normally not do.
Lysergic acid diethylamide was the first synthetic hallucinogen that was discovered. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, better known as LSD and was first synthesized by Albert Hofmann on November 16, 1938. The discovery took place in Basel, Switzerland when Albert Hofmann joined Author Stroll’s pharmaceutical-chemical department of Sandoz Laboratories. This acid is found on ergot fungus; this type of fungus naturally grows on
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On his way home, Hofmann began feeling anxious. He was experiencing a “Bad Trip”. He began to believe that his neighbor was a “malevolent witch”. The doctors later came and found him perfectly fine, he was not intoxicated. After a short period of time he began to feel that
“…little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and play of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux…”
This day has nationally known as Bicycle Day and is celebrated on April 19. Soon afterwards, LSD became very popular throughout the United States as well as the entire world. Timothy Leary, a professor at Harvard University, strongly believed in the potential of LSD. Leary advised college students to “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out”. Leary believed that LSD could bring harmony to mankind and “expand the human mind”. This Harvard professor chose to distribute LSD among his students, causing him to get expelled due to complains from the parents. Students among themselves began to comment on the drug. Leary continued his research but he soon lost control over the situation, as it always ended in “LSD parties”. He explained that, “We saw ourselves

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