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Creator of LSD, Albert Hofmann, dies aged 102

Although I have never used it, one cannot help be fascinated by this most powerful hallucinogen, or by its unlikely discoverer, or by the events surrounding its discovery:
While researching lysergic acid derivatives [for medicinal usage],
Hofmann first synthesized LSD-25 in 1938. It was set aside for five years, until
April 16, 1943, when Hofmann decided to take another look at it. While
re-synthesizing LSD, he accidentally absorbed a small quantity through his
fingertips and serendipitously discovered its powerful effects before his
bicycle ride home.
Call me a romantic, but it amuses me no end to imagine this staid scientist riding home on his bicycle in Switzerland having the world's first acid trip.


(Up until his death, Albert continued to believe in the therapeutic benefits of LSD. He was due to speak at the World Psychedelic Forum but was forced to pull out due to ill health).

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