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Inventor of LSD dies at age 102
AP via CBC ^ | 04/30/2008

Posted on 04/30/2008 5:16:11 AM PDT by Phlap

Albert Hofmann, the father of the mind-altering drug LSD whose medical discovery grew into a notorious illicit substance, died Tuesday. He was 102.

Hofmann died of a heart attack at his home in Basel, Switzerland, according to Rick Doblin, president of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, in a statement posted on the association's website.

His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by Doris Stuker, a clerk in the village of Burg im Leimental, where Hofmann moved following his retirement in 1971.

Hofmann's hallucinogen inspired — and arguably corrupted — millions in the 1960s psychedelic era. For decades after LSD was banned in the late 1960s, Hofmann defended his invention.

"I produced the substance as a medicine.… It's not my fault if people abused it," he once said.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: chemistry; lsd; obituary; sandoz
And the guy driving the snowblower must be a user. lol


1 posted on 04/30/2008 5:16:11 AM PDT by Phlap
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To: Phlap

His last words “Groovy, man!”
????


2 posted on 04/30/2008 5:18:00 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Phlap
Hofmann defended his invention.
It's not an invention, it's a discovery.
I think maybe the writer was on LSD.
 
3 posted on 04/30/2008 5:21:35 AM PDT by counterpunch (John McCain for President - Because we need VICTORY in Iraq, not RETREAT)
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To: silverleaf
His last words “Groovy, man!”

Probably more like "Where's my damn flashbacks?"

4 posted on 04/30/2008 5:21:37 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: Phlap
R.I.P.

Have a nice trip.

5 posted on 04/30/2008 5:23:02 AM PDT by billorites (Freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

U so funny. lol


6 posted on 04/30/2008 5:25:15 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Phlap
The guy in the snow blower is washing the salt off and out, and there's not a man or woman here in FR that hasn't tried something, at least once, and said no thanks.

There's two kinds of acid ... the LIFE magazine kind, and the stuff that stops you in your tracks to marvel at your own thoughts and perception(s).

7 posted on 04/30/2008 5:33:51 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Phlap

Are they positive he died, or could it be that he’s simply in an altered state?


8 posted on 04/30/2008 5:36:35 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Phlap

He tuned it, he turned on, and now he’s dropped out . . . for good.


9 posted on 04/30/2008 5:37:39 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Phlap

What a long, strange trip it’s been!


10 posted on 04/30/2008 5:38:41 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Phlap
People forget that it was a drug used by psychiatrists for a while, or that the CIA tried it as an interrogation tool.

Thats it, give all the folks at Gitmo LSD, and listen to what they say.

The liberal answer to waterboarding. Chemical interrogation.

11 posted on 04/30/2008 5:45:52 AM PDT by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: counterpunch

I always thought a discovery was always existed and an invention was the building of some thing from different components, compounds etc.LSD was not one single ingredient but a group combined to form L.S.D.Not a single ingredient that was discovered....hence an INVENTION.


12 posted on 04/30/2008 5:49:14 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Phlap
Age 102? See, using dangerous drugs will cut your life short.

LSD My Problem Child By Dr Albert Hofmann is a great read.

(T)RIP

13 posted on 04/30/2008 6:00:40 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: t1b8zs

I’m pretty sure that while LSD-like compounds exist in nature, when Hofmann was experimenting and “discovered” it, it was one of a number of substances which had been synthesized. Thus, describing it as an invention would not be entirely inaccurate. In much the same way, although salicylic acid exists naturally in willow bark, for example, ASA was an invention of chemists, who synthesized it from, IIRC, coal tar.


14 posted on 04/30/2008 6:10:53 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: -YYZ-

Over my head....”Now where’d I leave that blotter?”


15 posted on 04/30/2008 6:29:41 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: knarf
"there's not a man or woman here in FR that hasn't tried something, at least once, and said no thanks."

Here's one!

I've never done illegal drugs, I've never taken a prescription pain killer.

Other than asprin, I've only had antibiotics or medically applied anestitia for a couple of operations, toothe extracton etc....

However, I do enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner or a Pina Colda on the beach.

Just never got into illegal drugs.

16 posted on 04/30/2008 6:31:14 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: nevergore
there's not a man or woman here in FR that hasn't tried something, at least once, and said no thanks."

I have tried just about everything more than once and said thanks I will take some more. Thank God I do not live that life anymore.

19 posted on 04/30/2008 6:56:05 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: Waverunner

I’d bet it worked for interrogation, only, they probably didn’t want to hear what the person was saying after a while! :)


20 posted on 04/30/2008 7:27:47 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: nevergore

You’re very blessed.


21 posted on 04/30/2008 7:28:22 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: -YYZ-
Hoffman was the first to synthesize LSD. As it does not exist in that form in nature the synthesis is technically a discovery and an invention. ASA is from willow bark which was found to be effective for pain releief. It didnt take a genius to extract all the stuff from the willow bark to identify (discover) ASA as the active component. A formula for synthezing ASA for commercial production was patented and as such an invention.

Hoffman should be credited for his efforts as LSD is a tool for exploring the workings of the human mind for which we know so little. Just take alook at the newly discovered effects of the new antidepressants - it may be that they grow or accelerate the growth of new neurons. This class of drug may be more valuable as a tool for exploring the mechanisms of the brain as they are for treating depression.

We know so little about the therapeutic tools that we currently use it is humbling, disturbing, and...exciting for those working on basic mechanisms.

22 posted on 04/30/2008 8:01:52 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: nevergore
I've never done illegal drugs

The fun part with LSD is that it was legal until people found out its more recreational uses. There are some psychiatry reports from back then that gave LSD high praise.

23 posted on 04/30/2008 9:22:34 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: corkoman

“Hoffman was the first to synthesize LSD. As it does not exist in that form in nature the synthesis is technically a discovery and an invention. ASA is from willow bark which was found to be effective for pain releief. It didnt take a genius to extract all the stuff from the willow bark to identify (discover) ASA as the active component. A formula for synthezing ASA for commercial production was patented and as such an invention”

Strictly speaking, ASA does not exist in nature. A variety of salicylates do, but not the sodium salts or acelyated compound of it, so yes, I’d say you could call it an invention in and of itself. Interestingly, one of the major players in ASA’s synthesis was another chemist, named Hoffman (two f’s, one n - as opposed to the one in this story, Hofmann, with one f and two n’s).


24 posted on 04/30/2008 10:05:17 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7

I glad you survived that “phase” of your life......

I had friends in High School and College that didn’t.....

I’ve watched good people succumb to the ravages of illegal drugs and in some cases legal substances..


25 posted on 04/30/2008 10:27:32 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
Amen, JD ... but for the grace of God ...

Thankful to be alive, today .... in spite of myself.

26 posted on 04/30/2008 10:54:00 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: -YYZ-

Alas, I sit corrected. Grazie


27 posted on 04/30/2008 10:58:08 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: nevergore
You still eat the foods your mother fed you since childhood?

Never tried a skateboard?

Never puked on the Salt n Pepper shaker?

"There's not a man or woman here in FR that hasn't tried something, at least once, and said no thanks."

28 posted on 04/30/2008 11:04:06 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf

I read your “something” in the context of a LSD article....

A reasonable conclusion would be something=illegal drugs....

Didn’t mean to disparage you.....

That stated, I did run with sissors once :^)


29 posted on 04/30/2008 12:34:20 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: nevergore

You realize that saying “illegal drugs” next this man’s name suggest the absurd notion that he set out to invent an illegal drug?!


30 posted on 04/30/2008 12:38:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (You're gonna cry 96 tears!)
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To: Revolting cat!
My response regarding illegal drugs were in response to a posting and not directly to the article.....

The inventor of LSD set out to provide a “legal” drug for legitimate medical purposes, it eventually became an illegal substance....

That noted, there are plenty of “inventors” that manufacture designer drugs that intended for recreational use, that eventually are classed by the FDA as illegal

31 posted on 04/30/2008 12:53:45 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: RaceBannon

Those interrogations usually ended with a lighter held in the air with the cry “FREEBIRD” on the lips of the suspect.


32 posted on 05/06/2008 6:19:10 AM PDT by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: Disco Dave
He lived to 102 years old. Kinda crimps your premise.
33 posted on 05/06/2008 6:32:39 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (The average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. - Ratatouille)
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