It may have fallen out of favor since its 1960s heyday, but LSD is still just as dangerous – and as easy to get.
Hallucinogens are nothing new. While each generation of reckless experimenters feels they invented the behavior, on islands in the Lesser Antilles archaeologists have discovered 2,500-year-old bowls used for huffing hallucinogens. Other cultures from the US to Africa also have long histories of using mind-altering substances.
Here are the facts on one of the most popular—and dangerous—mind-tripping drugs, LSD.
More commonly known as “acid,” its scientific name is lysergic acid diethylamaide. The drug was first synthesized in 1938 from a chemical called ergotamine, which is produced by a grain fungus that grows on rye. As with many recreational drugs, LSD was first produced by a pharmaceutical company that called their product Delysid.
LSD initially earned its bad reputation in the 1950s, thanks to the CIA, who used it to test its effects on mind control. The study was a failure, especially when some subjects continued to take the drug recreationally.
The 1960s counter-culture took over from there, touting the drug’s ability to provide “enlightenment.” Unfortunately, there was little talk about the lasting negative effects, including feelings of immortality and a loss of inhibitions that led to a number of accidents and deaths. While not addictive, LSD is certainly dangerous, and a “bad” trip can be deadly.
Some may think that since this drug has fallen from favor, giving way to newer trends like Ecstasy and Salvia, but substance abuse is somewhat cyclical, which means everything old will eventually become new again.
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