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Since its first documented use in 1943, lysergic acid diethylmide, or LSD, has grown to be
one of the most potent and controversial drugs in society today. The ways in which LSD
produces its effects within the brain is still unknown, and no practical use has been
found for it. However, this substance has been described to give incredible insight and
revelation to some of those that have taken it, although others have had frightening and
nightmarish experiences. LSD is an unpredictable and possibly dangerous substance, but can
and has changed the lives of many.

A Swiss chemist named Dr. Albert Hoffman first produced lysergic acid diethylmide -or best
Known as LSD in 1938 (Dye, p. 2). Hoffman discovered the drug while trying to synthesize a
new drug for the treatment of headaches. He obtained the lysergic acid from the parasitic
fungus that grows on rye plants known as ergot. From the lysergic acid, he synthesized the
compound LSD. He used the compound to test for its pain killing properties on laboratory
animals. Being that appeared totally ineffective, the bottle of LSD was placed on a shelf
and remained untouched for five years.

On April 16, 1943, Dr. Hoffman decided to do further research with the LSD compound (Dye,
p. 5). While handling the drug, he accidentally ingested an unknown amount. Then he
experienced the world's first LSD trip. About eight hours later Hoffman drifted back into
normal reality and the Psychedelic Revolution was born. Three days later, in an attempt to
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