Medicine for the soul (65 years ago, LSD synthesized) [Updated]

16Apr08

Albert HoffmanOn April 16, 1943, Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann, while synthesizing the LSD at Sandoz Laboratory, accidentally consumed a small sample and serendipitously discovered its powerful effects.
Three days later, on April 19, 1943, Hofmann deliberately consumed 250 micrograms of LSD before his bicycle ride home (later known as Bicycle Day see also: LSD for details). This was followed by a series of self-experiments conducted by Hofmann and his colleagues. He first wrote about these experiments on April 22 of that year.
Today Albert Hofmann is 102 years old and lives his country house in Burg/Rittimatte, at the crossing of Switzerland, Austria and France.
UPDATE: Albert Hoffman died on April 29, 2008.



2 Responses to “Medicine for the soul (65 years ago, LSD synthesized) [Updated]”

  1. Vabbe’ che a 102 anni ce lo si poteva aspettare… chissa’ se se ne sara’ accorto!
    RIP

  2. On death, Hofmann said, “I go back to where I came from, to where I was before I was born, that’s all.”
    On April 19th, 1943, Hofmann created the most powerful psychotropic substance: LSD, and experienced the first LSD “trip”. He was a chemist who valued a drug as a way to understand people’s oneness with nature. For the complete story on “Bicycle Day”, be sure to watch this amazing documentary Hofmann’s Potion


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