Skip to comments.The Stench in Here is Terrible (50 years of LSD)
Posted on 03/16/2011 1:16:56 PM PDT by woofie
The story is told of a young chemist who, one evening, accidentally ingested a droplet of an unknown fluid from one of his test tubes, the leftovers of a past experiment.
Within minutes his mind went reeling and he was subjected to not only the wildest hallucinations, but also what he felt were world-altering insights into the nature of the universe.
The next day, after the drug had worn off, he tried to describe his experience to his colleagues and friends, but could not find the words to do it justice. Everyone he spoke to shrugged it off as a particularly vivid dream and went about their daily chores.
Frustrated, the next evening he placed a larger drop on his tongue, intentionally this time, and entered into a mental state beyond his imagining; he seemed to grasp, with no effort on his part, the very nature of existence. He not only saw God, he realized that he was and always had been part of God. He understood holistically and simultaneously every scientific axiom and principle including ones that had not yet been discovered as all being aspects of a single unified theorem of the cosmos, a theorem which he could inspect at his leisure, as if he were holding it in his hand.
But the next morning, once again, he could not remember the specifics of his insights, and his attempts to recount his breakthrough fell on deaf ears; his fellow scientists could not make heads nor tails of what he was saying, and his friends remained unmoved at his futile ramblings about God and the universe.
The young chemist was convinced down to the deepest recesses of his soul that he was perceiving a new level of reality, ......
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Ah, LSD... Nothing more fun then coming home to find a roommate’s friend naked, bleeding from his head, power out, standing in water, and ripping the pipes from my basement ceiling.
HAHAHA! remember George Carlin’s routine about all the insight he got while high. He had unlocked the secrets of the universe, but would forget when straight. He finally wrote it down while high. The next day he read it, and it said: “The survival of the species is the responsibility of everyone.”
I also read how musicians would get high before going on stage because it would make them play better. What it really did was make them play worse, but substantially heightened their appreciation for what they were playing. Which only proves that art is subjective. :)
For anyone who talks about how wonderful LSD is, I have two words: Syd Barrett.
I got a contact high just reading that.
“If we had personal computers back in the 1960’s, there would have been no need for drugs” -—LSD Guru and Harvard Psychologist Timothy Leary.
You forgot to mention Keith Richards. I guess his acid supplier was more reputable.
>he could not remember the specifics of his insights,
LOLOL! How many breakthrough insights were made on acid, but then forgotten......
Syd Barrett was schizophrenic before he discovered LSD, though it certainly didn’t do him any good. The other member of PF were not permanently affected by their LSD use.
I think Brian Wilson had a similar experience
Well that's one thing I can agree with him on: No broccoli!
In college I read a book “The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience”. I was telling a guy I would love to experience all that stuff IF the drugs were safe and no possible brain damage. He had been into drugs for years and cleaned himself up. His dismissal always stayed with me: “Those things are s**t”.
That way if he "writes" anything down we will be able to recover it from the movements of his fingers.
Then we'll finally have a key to the secrets of the universe ... or at least some good YouTube footage!
Steak topped with butter sauteed mushrooms and onions, steamed broccoli, and a fully loaded baked potato comprise my favorite meal...
I always head that William James came back down and realized he had written this:
Hogamous Hygamous Man is polygamous
Hygamous Hogamous Woman is monogamous
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley does a good job.
All in all, I cannot fathom those who advocated widespead use of such a potent drug.
Unless set, setting and company is controlled, one can have a disastrous experience. Dropping acid at school or college on a whim is what often led to a horrible experience.
I just got high reading your post!
Replace the broccoli with steamed fresh green beans, or sauteed zucchini/squash/peppers/mushrooms and that's just about my favorite meal.
Keith was never a acid head (like Hendrix, Morrison, and Barrett). He was more of a heroin/booze type of guy.
Back about 1970 we would take little hits of ‘orange sunshine’ LSD of course. Playing music was my creative outlet and remember the heightened senses during the trip.
Colors and shapes moved like waves in the air-—it was kinda fun for awhile. The problems were after the trips-—left one drained and even feeling morose. Glad I stopped taking it after a few years only but had some friends who flipped out permanently—they took and used it way too much.
True, but he did partake. Once in 1976 after the Knebworth concert he crashed his Mercedes Gestapo Staff car on the way home and police found LSD on him. Anita was injured in that crash too.
Acid is a very strange drug, and widespread use is certainly a bad idea. It’s not something to do for “fun”. Most people cannot deal with what is essentially a chemically induced psychotic episode. (that could easily go the wrong way - the “bad trip”) I could not imagine anyone being addicted to LSD.
I guess I was lucky. We had a group who would get together most every Sunday for a summer and trip. It was mostly just kinda heightened senses, loss of time and an appreciation of life. We actually had a blast. Luckily nothing bad every happened.
Then, the guy who was making it got busted and that was that.
Tried mushroom tea a few times. Similar, but different.
That piece was excellent! Loved the last video especially, which shoes Dr. Weil, Leary and others to be members of those who officially lead the lost.
Stir-fried broccoli at the Chinese buffets is good too. ;-)
I studied under Walter Houston Clark, prof of psychology at Harvard during the Oleary phase. His book, Erowid Psychoactive Vaults : “The Psychedelics and Religion” by
Walter Houston Clark is still available. He continued his work at mental institutions through the 70’s
Really great article!
Cajun version: Po’ boy with a bowl of jambalaya.
New Age worldview people will not be able to escape the nihilism of the naturalistic world view by exploring the universe next door.
About the only way I like broccoli is raw drenched in ranch dressing, or in the Chinese-American version of beef and broccoli with lots more beef than broccoli and plenty of sweet and savory sauce to mask the landfill odors.
Ok, you asked for it. Spiders on drugs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc
The other experiment that I remember the book talking about was psychiatrists giving the drug one time to men about 50 years old. Within a couple of years, more than half of them had completely changed their lives, starting new careers or making other big changes.
That was flat out hilarious! Thanks
I came out of an alcoholic blackout once with a fireplace poker in my hand and my terrified girlfriend backed up against the wall with me threatening to bash her brains out. Whats your point?
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LSD is to your mind as a bucket of water is to a powered on computer.
He probably fit in well at the mental institutions... thanks for the info. Never heard of that guy or his book.
“Nice web, Mr Crack Spider.”
His decision to move to the tropical northern side of the country in the early ‘80s was based, in part, on his belief that global warming would lead to a new ice age.
One too many hits of 4way!
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