LSD and the bike ride that changed the world

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This story first appeared in Weekend Dispensary, a weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp. Signup now to get a story delivered to your inbox every Saturday.  In the spring of 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann took a bicycle trip like no other. While working in the pharmaceutical department of Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, where he was hoping to develop a circulatory and respiratory stimulant, the 32-year-old first synthesized the compound D-lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, in 1938. Five years after creating that first batch, Hofmann returned to the compound for further experimentation. After producing a small amount of LSD, his workday was soon interrupted as he began experiencing “unusual sensations,” he wrote in his 1979 memoir LSD: My Problem Child . Feeling slightly dizzy, and remarkably restless, Hofmann decided to call it a day. It was the correct decision. Upon arriving home, he had entered a “not unpleasant intoxicated-like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination.” ‘I’m a firm believer that this is the next CBD’ How this former NFL linebacker became a leading cannabis physician for athletes Double stigma: Using cannabis to treat endometriosis When he closed his eyes, he entered a dreamlike state and for about two hours, he “perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colours.” He hypothesized that while handling the compound in his lab, he may have accidentally absorbed LSD through his skin. Determined to better understand what he had experienced, three days later, on April 19, 1943, he intentionally dosed himself. He ingested a quarter milligram of the compound, the smallest quantity of LSD that he believed would produce similar effects. In his laboratory journal, he wrote that he took the dose with a glass of water at 4:20 p.m. Forty minutes later, he once again began experiencing dizziness, but…

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