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lsd_lecture - LSD Lecture n.b Hallucinogens versus...

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LSD Lecture n.b.) “Hallucinogens” versus “psychedelics.” Users prefer latter, which means “mind-manifesting.” “Hallucinogenic” implies craziness-inducing. 1) Early History of LSD There may be precursors to LSD in ergot on rye Were these responsible for mass possessions in Middle Ages? 1938 Albert Hoffman synthesized LSD in Swiss Lab Not looking for psychedelic, looking for circulatory drug Accidentally absorbed through skin 1943 and had very strange bike trip 25 micrograms (often on blotter paper) Æ 10-12 hour trip 2) Other hallucinogens magic mushrooms (also experimented with by Leary) -- psilocybin (used by Mexican shamans)
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morning glory seeds (Commercial ones often poisoned) ibogaine – Africa ± treatment for opium addiction DMT (popularized by Terence McKenna) ± South American Indians ± Broken down in stomach, so snorted or smoked ± 15-30 minute “businessman’s trip” ± found in toads too Yage – amazon drink ± lasts 6 hours Peyote ± active ingredient mescaline ± Aldous Huxley = proponent ± Huxley’s Doors of Perception celebrates it ± Huxley requested mascaline on death bed 3) LSD’s Use in CIA mind-control experiments
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CIA saw it as instrument for interrogation & brainwashing ): LSD “has been used both as a weapon and as a sacrament.” Jon Marks, Search for the Manchurian Candidate tells the story of CIA mind-control experiments with LSD Fear of mind control gap in context of Korean War American POWs seemed brainwashed when condemned US on TV MKULTRA program = CIA’s response
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