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#221756 - 04/30/08 08:35 PM LSD inventor Albert Hofmann dies
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Don't do the orange striped ones, you'll never come out!

08:48 GMT, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 09:48 UK

Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered the hallucinogenic drug LSD, has died of a heart attack at his home in Basel at the age of 102.

Mr Hofmann first produced LSD in 1938 while researching the medicinal uses of a crop fungus.

He accidentally ingested some of the drug and said later: "Everything I saw was distorted as in a warped mirror".

He argued for decades that LSD could help treat mental illness, but in the 1960s it became a popular street drug.

'Turn on, tune in, drop out'

While working with the drug in the Sandoz pharmaceutical laboratory a few years after first producing it, Mr Hofmann ingested some of the drug through his fingertips.

He went home and experienced what he described as visions of "fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colours".

The drug was popularised by Harvard professor Timothy Leary who suggested that people "turn on, tune in, drop out".

Rock stars and the counter-culture of the 1960s picked up LSD as a wonder drug but horror stories began to emerge of users suffering permanent psychological damage.

LSD was made illegal in many countries beginning in the late 1960s.

#221758 - 04/30/08 08:40 PM Re: LSD inventor Albert Hofmann dies [Re: Hauser]
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Sleep quiet, Mr. Visual.

When you feel all alone and unhappy, turn to you Inner Child and talk to Him.
You will see He can comfort you like nothing else!

#221828 - 05/01/08 02:20 AM Re: LSD inventor Albert Hofmann dies [Re: alexey]
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The hero who taught me all about LSD:

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)


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