LSD Turns 75: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been


March 25, 1966: LIFE Magazine

It would be another 24 years until Jimi Hendrix would release ‘Are You Experienced,’ but Albert Hofmann became the first person in history who could conceivably answer in the affirmative to that when he discovered LSD’s hallucinogenic effects after accidentally dosing himself on April 16, 1943. The Swiss chemist stumbled across the drug while testing the medicinal value of lysergic acid compounds and, after consuming it accidentally and experiencing ‘an intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination,’ Hofmann took it again three days later. … To help mark 75 years of ‘fantastic pictures’ and ‘extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of color,’ we’ve tabbed up a list of 75 times lysergic acid diethylamide worked its magic or impacted history, for better or worse. … 5. 1967: Despite allegedly not taking drugs himself, Salvador Dali paintsThe Mountains of Cape Creus on the March (LSD  Trip)’ using ink and watercolors. 6. 1960: Psychology professor Richard Alpert and instructor Timothy Leary establish the Harvard Psilocybin Project and begin to administer psychedelics like LSD. 7. 1965: The manufacture, sale, possession and use of LSD is made illegal in the United States. … 12. August 15, 1969: Woodstock opens in Bethel, New York, eventually leading to the infamous warning to stay away from the brown acid. 13. January 14, 1967:  The Human Be-In is held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park prior to the Summer of Love. 14. September 9, 1970: Manson family member Barbara Hoyt decides to testify against Charles Manson after fellow family member Ruth Ann Moorehouse feeds her a hamburger laced with 10 hits of acid. 15. 1959: Author Ken Kesey takes LSD for the first time as part of MK-Ultra. … 18. August 1966:  Jim Morrison returns to the studio on LSD and sprays the band’s equipment with a fire extinguisher after The Doors record ‘The End.’ 19. June 12, 1970: Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis throws a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres while tripping. … 26. April 1970: Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick’s plan to spike Richard Nixon’s tea with LSD at a White House tea party is derailed when security deems her to be a security risk. 27. December 4, 1965: The Warlocks play their first show at an Acid Test under the name of the Grateful Dead.  The name sticks. … 32. October 1969: George Carlin does acid for the first time at a jazz club in Chicago called Mister Kelly’s and calls it a ‘profound turning point for me.’ 33. Spring 1965: John Lennon and George Harrison have sugar cubes dosed with LSD slipped into their tea by a friend at a dinner party and trip for the first time. …”
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Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis throws a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres

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