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The Exploding Threat of the Mind Drug that Got Out of Control Turmoil in a Capsule
One dose of LSD is enough to set off a mental riot of vivid colors and insights — or of terror and convulsions
'A Very Private Kind of Story'
The forces locked in the tiny pill of LSD on this week's cover are the subject of the lead story in this issue. Gerald Moore, a correspondent in our Los Angeles bureau, and Larry Schiller, a West Coast photographer, were assigned to investigate this new phenomenon. Their task was not easy. As Moore puts it, "We were really trying to move into people's minds." It was Schiller who made first contact. He knew a girl who had taken LSD. She introduced him to her "salesman" and Schiller bluntly told the latter who he was and what he wanted—pictures of ordinary people, not kooks or beatniks, reacting to the drug. The salesman, intrigued by such frankness, took Moore and Schiller on a tour of LSD hangouts and parties. In the beginning, the people they ran into were youngsters experimenting with the drug. The two found out that, even in this strange atmosphere, frank disclosure of their mission worked out best. Ignoring a suggestion that they camouflage themselves in sweatshirts and tennis shoes, they stuck to ordinary street clothes. They were glad they did. "You can't fool these kids for a second," says Moore. "A girl at one party asked why I wasn't dressed like the rest. I told her I didn't feel up to the role and she said, 'Well, at least you're honest, and that's better.' "One friendly contact often passed them on to the next, until they met the ordinary people they were also looking for. Over a period of weeks the trail led them from Los Angeles to New York, from Houston to Detroit, and to Laredo, Texas, for the trial of Dr. Timothy Leary. Meanwhile our bureaus and regional correspondents across the country were checking on the prevalence of the drug. The first question Moore and Schiller were asked was always, "Have you tried it?" To register disapproval was to end the conversation. Schiller had to answer no. Moore was able to give a qualified yes. At the University of New Mexico in 1958 he had once experimented with peyote, which has an effect comparable to LSD.
. the doctor gave me a shot of morphine and I wandered off on a terrible fantasy safari which involved hunting huge killer rats in China. too. When I was 12 and had polio. and we found ourselves feeling terribly protective about these people. and it is full of various sorts of unturned-on creeps who couldn't tell their psyches from a slice of corned beef. and it looks as if my safe world of normal consciousness is going to be revealed as a wasteland inhabited by dull men and their dreary ideas. but bit by bit they began to feel members of a world Moore describes as "a strange subculture all its own. Imagine the possibilities of a world on LSD. where he worked his way through his last two years as a patrolman on the Albuquerque police force." Moore. and De Gaulle and all the big boys ironing out the kinks on beautiful trips they take together. as billed by its admirers. terrifying at others. If the evangelical users and promoters of LSD are right. this isn't really the first time this sort of temptation has arisen for me. Another time much later I got some kind of knockout potion in a dentist's chair and sank into the feeling that a black spot was growing at the very center of my consciousness. the world is a grisly place. This is a very private kind of story. Managing Editor Pleasure and pain of the undrugged man Oh. 27. That's quite a catalogue to resist. unimaginative and totally futile. stupefyingly dull some of the time. and that year came to New York to cover part of the Rosenberg spy case for the United Press. To muddle along in it without ever having been "turned on" by LSD-well.J.B. gray monsters. the same God in everybody's heaven. GEORGE P. There have been times when I've thought it might be nice to float right out of this wretched scene for a while. but I have never made the call. but they wound up almost catching me. I was supposed to be chasing these great. no one has really explored his psyche until its true convolutions and colors have been bathed in the wondrous illumination of the drug. He has since shot enough stories for us to net him six LIFE covers—counting this one. and I've never figured that a stick of marijuana was much more than a phone call or two away. with pipes kept full by charming attendants who were certified not to be sympathizers of the Vietcong. and the stuff is cheap. Rusk and Fulbright and Mao and L. no more sex problems. personal fulfillment and creativity. Of course. that it was gradually cutting out all the light and that when it did. and it's been all bad. is a Californian. He took up photography in high school." no one has really lived until he has launched himself on a "trip" powered by LSD. For some it carries the blinding realization that human society. Now there would be a world. We wanted to show they weren't just the antisocial fringe. I've had a little experience with drugs. comes from Albuquerque and went to the University of New Mexico. ow along comes LSD (see following pages). as it has developed through history and as it exists now. yes. To judge from the ecstatic endorsement of the "acid heads. and in Saigon last year I somehow couldn't bring myself to follow up on a sincere invitation to spend a lazy evening smoking opium. even if a fellow is fearful about aspirin. all sorts of people popping up for air to write beautiful music and poems. won a Graflex award at 15.Neither man tried LSD (they were told this proved they belonged to "that middle-class alcoholic generation"). we might just be awfully lucky to be on board the planet at this time of discovery. These limited but frightening events have left me with the sense that my psyche is at its hair-raising worst when it is being assaulted with chemicals and that the best me is the undrugged one. 29. is a lot of nonsenserestrictive. baby. I mean. He wrote for the Albuquerque Tribune and came to us last year. that's like dead. When you think of it. My circle of acquaintance is full and low enough to include some generous pot smokers. HUNT. Schiller. I would be dead. It is variously touted as the touchstone to religious revelation.
Los Angeles "acid heads" (LSD users) and spectators watch member of troupe called the Acid Test dance under the influence of the drug. Besides. at least not for a while. using flashing lights to heighten its effects. perhaps tarnished. destinations uncharted. Now all that sort of argument is ridiculous to those truly turned on with LSD. I think. a girl sits enraptured in an LSD hangout. no guts.How could one pass up such an easy chance for a new adventure? It certainly isn't a question of morality for me. about how the drug heightens creative powers. is that it obscures real limitations or at least the anxieties that one has about them. and I would still much prefer to keep the wheel. But with the many risks of collision that exist all along the line. It involves the simple reluctance to let some unknown side of my nature do the driving. Surely I'd be clever enough not to get caught. they might add. in the drug-free world. hard look at one's self is not always a particularly pleasant undertaking either. The touch of one's child. At right. no vision. pleasure. One hears much talk from the LSD cultists. It has much more to do with the straightforward belief that life offers the average undrugged man a trip overwhelmingly full of possibilities—for revelation. are often neither more nor less than what seems best for me at the time. and it isn't really a matter of nerve. who was fired from Harvard after his early experiments. and I have the distinct impression that a lot of people who insist on giving great weight to the selves they find in their acidinduced illusions are reluctant to look at the real thing. too. Psychologist Timothy Leary. insight—and that if he fails to find any of these he has been too blind. they might not find out what they really are. by wiping out limits that are there. But I doubt that I will. And it isn't a matter of fear of the law or of apprehension either. Maybe so. By envisioning power in themselves that does not exist. growth. by taking the quick. free ride to what feels like everything. My decisions. for example. Possibly I share still another inhibiting trait with the great square army of non-users of drugs. How do I know how fast that side will go and what strange routes it will follow? Under my own conscious control the speeds have sometimes been too great. and they might further label my caution as the self-protective rantings of a man whose arteries have already hardened beyond the ability to recognize a marvelous new world when he sees it. but I have discovered with some regret that most of my own "good" choices are actually made on a pragmatic rather than a moral basis. brings joy sometimes and at others it is a reminder that such joy is a moment and that death comes. and maybe I should at least screw up the courage to peek inside that psychedelic world to see what horrors or treasures it holds for me. A good. SCHILLER . Below. directions erratic. This seems a particularly dangerous side effect for the young people who are so substantially embracing the LSD craze. A Remarkable Mind Drug Suddenly Spells Danger LSD Photographed by LAWRENCE A pioneer in LSD use and research. for example. aturally there is a fine lot of pain available. they would say. too lazy or too cowardly to look. I can get pretty outraged about the morals of other people. Far more likely. waits with daughter before Texas trial for smuggling marijuana. the chances have been clearly mine. No spirit. I would probably have a lousy trip anyway.
She crouches in a kitchen corner to begin a typical withdrawal into self-contemplation. was sentenced to a 30year prison term for smuggling marijuana and was pointedly held for psychiatric tests. Only last week. although in their own minds their thoughts seem to race with fantastic speed and clarity. No longer just a promising psychological research tool. At least one million doses of LSD (which stands for lysergic acid diethylamide) will be taken in the U. odorless. Some have been hospitalized for weeks. A trancelike. But that is enough to send a person on a 10-hour "trip"--sometimes into a world of beatific serenity and shimmering insight. A young boy in Los Angeles (left) drifts off into a dreamy euphoria. Starting in artistic. Within the last three years the use of psychedelic (consciousnessexpanding) drugs has exploded. Hospitals and doctors are suddenly treating scores of panic-stricken young patients who have "taken a trip" on LSD with disastrous psychological effects. In either case the person who has taken this remarkable drug never sees life quite the same way again. this year. a girl (right) begins to feel its effects. the cult has now become a dangerous fad on the college campus. former Harvard Psychologist Timothy Leary. the genie of LSD. slow-motion state envelops most people on an LSD trip. tasteless substance called LSD can be made in any college chemistry tab. Many states already make mere possession of the drug a crime. . A sculptor attending an LSD party in Detroit (above left) is so moved by the pattern of a shabby chair covering that he spends half an hour trying to take a picture of it. In San Francisco (below) a girl stares in wonderment at a bare light bulb against the background of a gilded ceiling. transfixed by the sudden beauty and significance they find there. A half hour after taking the drug. LSD has been taken up by a large underground cult. The government crack-down has already cut heavily into legitimate research on LSD. They will stare at the most trivial objects for minutes at a time.S. is out in the open. A black market dose costs only $3 to $5.he colorless. Now the federal Food and Drug Administration is moving in with new laws which will outlaw LSD's illegal manufacture. but declaring it illegal may only make it more tempting to thrill-seekers who take it for kicks. with all its tantalizing possibilities for good and evil. At any rate. sometimes to frenzy and terror. bohemian and intellectual circles. sale or transportation. a long-time user of and proselytizer for LSD.
so this cannot be the whole story.000 people. and though the person may be frightened by the snake. What are the physiological effects of LSD? These are surprisingly mild. It is called a hallucinogen and is similar in its effects to marijuana. . A substance that plays an important role in organizing and channeling this sensory information is serotonin. which comes from a parasitic fungus that grows on rye heads. but not enough to be alarming. How potent is it? A single ounce of it would provide an average dose for some 300. trembling of extremities. later he is ravenously hungry. hypothalamus and hippocampus) where the input of information from the senses is decoded and processed. Medical science is still trying to determine just what it does to different people under different circumstances. What is LSD? It is a relatively simple chemical compound. it has attracted really intensive research interest only during the past few years. yet the person experiencing it believes implicitly in its reality. for example. Sleep is virtually impossible until at least eight or 10 hours after the whole LSD episode is over. A true hallucination has no existence except in the imagination. Here is a medical report on the risks and benefits insofar as they are known. But other substances inhibit serotonin function without producing the effects of LSD. LSD is known to inhibit serotonin activity. A bigger dose speeds up and intensifies the experience. increasing the possibility of panic. How does it work? This is only partially understood. What is the state of LSD research? It is still primitive.0001 of a gram. With an average dose.The Vital Facts about the Drug and Its Effects by ALBERT ROSENFELD LIFE Science Editor Ignorance about LSD is almost universal. The blood sugar also goes up slightly. considering the monumentally disruptive nature of the psychic effects. . A few pounds of it dumped into the water supply of a major city would be enough to disorient millions. peyote and certain "magic" mushrooms. There may be other sporadic symptoms: nausea. Does LSD cause hallucinations? No. the effects begin within an hour and last for eight to 10 hours. but mainly because the subject is too enthralled by his own sensations to be interested in food. It seems to affect those parts of the brain (the forebrain. The pupils of the eyes are widely dilated so that dark glasses are often worn even at night for protection against the light. midbrain. Appetite is affected. chills. lysergic acid diethylamide. The visions conjured up under LSD are usually based on something real. he realizes that it is not a real snake but an illusory one. It is easily synthesized from lysergic acid. irregular breathing. There is an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. sweating of palms. A stick may become a writhing snake. flushes. Although the drug has been known for 28 years. These manifestations are all transitory.
a dedicated advocate of such drugs. in the company of someone else who is on a "trip." to help dying people face the end more serenely and with less pain. Aldous Huxley. . There have been instances where LSD symptoms have recurred weeks after taking it. and it can convince those with criminal propensities that they are above the law. No one knows what long-term changes would occur in the human brain as a result of sustained dosage. For these people and others like them. Moreover. and it took weeks of treatment before he recovered his mental balance. It has also been used as "death therapy. large doses of tranquilizers and barbiturates are usually given. A person whose sanity may be more precarious than he realizes can become permanently deranged through a single terrifying LSD experience. believe it has helped give their patients astonishing insights into themselves. as well as epileptics or suspected epileptics. and no responsible scientist would dare carry out the experiments necessary to find out. convinced it could not harm him-and was killed. LSD can encourage weak and irresponsible people to even further irresponsibilities.Might there be long-range adverse effects on the brain? Yes. LSD is especially risky for anyone with an unstable personality. might harbor preschizoid tendencies. Taken on successive days. Is LSD habit-forming? No. and certainly for anyone who. LSD was not merely dangerous-it was lethal. even people with no prior history or suspicion of epilepsy. thereby accelerating their recovery. LSD may be extremely useful in psychotherapy. Hospitals report case after case where people arrive in a state of mental disorganization. Cats on high dosages of LSD for a three-week period underwent significant changes in their brainwave patterns." undergo the experience on a very small dose-or even on none at all. People on LSD sometimes believe they have the power to fly. though these remain to be proven by further research. using LSD in conjunction with hypnosis and standard psychiatric techniques. it is not an addictive narcotic in the sense that heroin and morphine are. unable sometimes to distinguish their bodies from their surroundings. Are there bona fide medical uses and benefits? Yes. is reported to have taken LSD in his last days. His 10-year-old son ate a sugar cube by accident. are routinely screened out of serious LSD experiments. One young Californian walked in front of a speeding car. or to walk on water. the psyche can build up a subtle dependence upon it. have been seized with violent epileptic convulsions. In a small number of cases people under LSD. They stem mainly from the bizarre psychic effects. But the body builds up tolerances to it. To calm such patients. someone who has once been on LSD may. Conversely. larger and larger doses have less and less effect. LSD has been helpful in the treatment of alcoholism. leading the victims to believe they were losing their sanity. knowingly or unknowingly. Some psychiatrists. changes that persevered for six weeks after LSD was discontinued. Anyone who drops LSD into someone's drink and thinks it is fun should not be surprised if the jury thinks it is murder. thought she was going crazy and committed suicide. At least. A young bull elephant in an Oklahoma zoo was shaken with gigantic fits and died an hour and 40 minutes after the administration of what was mistakenly considered to be a moderate dose of LSD. A woman in Europe. Are there really major risks? Yes. into whose drink a prankster dropped some LSD. A policeman took home some confiscated sugar cubes he did not realize were saturated with LSD. Who should never take LSD? People with any kind of heart trouble or liver malfunction.
the desire to rip my skin off and pull my hair out and my face off. I experienced the desire to die. When will LSD be legally and generally available? Perhaps never.How important are setting and circumstances? "Their importance. pushing herself about the floor as if trying to escape something that was biting her from within. pioneering individuals. Taking LSD. "can hardly be overemphasized. both times with pleasant results. left). Anyone who has a strong desire to try the LSD experience is urged to seek professional assistance from a qualified scientist... and started rubbing her face with her fingers. . She had taken LSD twice before. . But an LSD trip is not always a round trip." says Dr. Elkes warns. For a while she lay silent. This time she "went up" slowly at first. savoring her heightened perception. Dr. A teen-age LSD user meets terror on a bad trip A bad trip—a sudden vision of horror or death which often grips LSD users when they take it without proper mental preparation-overtakes a teen-age girl at an "acid party" near Hollywood's Sunset Strip. wandering about the room. Sucking her thumb (top. All the risks are intensified whenever LSD is used by an amateur.. LSD is considered so dangerous that its sole legitimate manufacturer. I saw my face.. The appalling fact is that for every legitimate LSD experiment. a thousand or more probably are carried out by people experimenting on themselves. but not actual death." Should everybody have the right to try LSD? Emphatically not. Those who are vociferously pushing this point of view think of themselves as courageous. but soon began to sob. things like that. After about 15 minutes she calmed down and the trip turned pleasant once more. then bit down on her whole hand (above). mishaps occur. "is not minor surgery. she rolled out of her chair and onto the floor. Sandoz Inc. Whether it should ever be so available is considered questionable by Dr. I definitely won't take acid again. Cole of the National Institute of Mental Health. Then she began to turn nervous and furtive." Even when conditions are carefully controlled. either alone (the most perilous circumstance) or in groups. It was very large and it had scars running down it. Joel Elkes of Johns Hopkins University. a prison or a grave. Even with a prescription it is not legally available over the drugstore counter.." Two weeks after the episode she returned to her parents' home for the first time in a year. Jonathan 0. What the LSD user may be buying is a one-way ticket to an asylum. has commendably limited its distribution even beyond government requirements. When it ended she explained her convulsion: "It was horrible .
"like Moses' experience of the burning bush… These drugs present us with a means of studying religious experience in the laboratory. a professor at Andover Newton Theological School. . a financial backer of Leary and Alpert's work. estate to a foundation which does psychedelic research.Scientists." Pioneer propagandist Psychologist Richard Alpert pioneered in LSD experiments with Timothy Leary at Harvard. He advocates government-run centers where responsible adults could take LSD in a safe. "No psychologist of religion can afford to be ignorant of them. Mystics Swept Up in a Psychic Revolution by BARRY FARRELL Religious disciple Religious Psychologist Walter Clark. had a vision after taking a psychedelic drug. He has used LSD.Y. now lectures on psychedelics on the West Coast. Financial angel Millionaire investment banker William Hitchcock. N. 26." he says. rents out a mansion (background) on his Millbrook. pleasant environment. feels that it helped him reach a more positive attitude toward his family and job. Theologians.
44. A great truth appeared to me.. To say they were beautiful is too shallow a word. He became an Arab. surrounded by dancing lights of colors beyond description. That really sounds ridiculous as I say it. a Negro. "At home I flopped in a chair. I took the stuff myself. Then. He was talking to me. "I asked myself. "I made a chocolate sundae and gave it to him for a head. 'What is God?' Then I knew that I was God. conservative. The reason he had all those faces was this: he was a reflection of all mankind. I came to traffic lights. used LSD just once and solved an elusive problem in pattern recognition while developing intelligence equipment for a Navy research project. My conscious mind was sort of sitting on my shoulderwatching everything I was doing. but I couldn't tell what color they were. It was as though the pavement was flowing over Niagara Falls. "Many people are doing to themselves what we would never consider doing experimentally. and in order to get her to agree to come home. I found I could make the room expand—oh. "and entirely new patterns of perception emerge. "A friend showed up. and I was answering. all in a perfectly normal way. Midwestern. the normal limiting mechanisms of the brain are released. I wasn't afraid. There were all sorts of colors around me anyway. Sidney Cohen. and I had only driven about three blocks. I didn't dare stop. whose The Beyond Within is the best popular book on LSD. so I stopped when they stopped. when suddenly the pavement in front of me opened up. Republican businessman. All over the ceiling there were geometric patterns of light. we are the same being. "But my wife took LSD at a friend's house. is alarmed at possible brain damage among indiscriminate users. "My wife put on a violin concerto. "It was a nightmare. or a tube of toothpaste. But I knew that all life is one. and since God is Life. The street lights expanded into fantastic globes of light that filled my entire vision. I could detect other cars around me. Some day their brains may wind up in the laboratory and give us the answers." he says. I saw his face change. maybe a thousand miles—or I could make it contract right in front of me. and I am Life." ________ A hard-headed businessman's vivid memory ________ "I'm a hard-headed. So was I. I found I could take my finger and wipe away his face and then paint it back again. a Chinese. Under no circumstances would I consider myself a person who goes around taking strange drugs.Worried expert Dr." Technician's testimonial Retired Navy Captain John Busby. I could make the music come out of the speaker like taffy. and went when they went. . "With LSD. "We got in the car.
and LSD and the half-dozen other psychedelic drugs are the' magic means of piercing through centuries of cultural conditioning to free. and in other places as much as $10. and there are 300. And there are those. if that is what it is. Leary and Alpert consider LSD "a sacred biochemical" that clears the path to mystic understanding. full psychic life. People are taking LSD for as many reasons as there are minds to imagine what lies in the universe behind the surface of the eye. lecture courses. I went down into my stomach and it was like Dante's inferno--all steaming and bubbling and ghastly. or prepare your intellectual craft to flow with the current…" o ran the manifesto with which Drs. Our favorite concepts are standing in the way of a floodtide. One dealer had a six-gram bottle break inside his suitcase just after clearing customs with it. which sells for 35 cents wholesale. hideous. LSD salesmen often have the air of men engaged in holy work. brings $3 to $5 in major cities. Official supplies of LSD are limited in the U. I saw some hideous shapes in the distance. Head for the hills. though."Then I decided to examine my own fears. Theologians and divinity students have taken it as a Host. because I wasn't really afraid of anything.000 doses in an ounce. colorless and tasteless. is a dim and stunted thing. An allfronts movement has sprung up around this view on big city campuses and in young intellectual circles all over the Western world. perhaps half the total market--for the moment. I think there lies the real danger with LSD. Anyone who motioned with his hand and couldn't wipe out those creatures. by dealing in a vast and growing black market. There are psychedelic corporation presidents. He has to stay down there with them. who are taking LSD merely because it is the latest excitement around. however. and without leaving the slightest visible trace. and I took my hand and wiped them out. My mind floated to each one. and most experience what they take to be direct evidence of their faith. and in some places the cognoscenti even wear lapel buttons: LSD--SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT." "The game is about to be changed. and it usually comes with a cautionary lecture--"Now you be cool with this." There is nothing furtive about the "acid scene. of course. Canada and Czechoslovakia--a chemist can cook up pure LSD using nothing more complex than a vacuum pump. There are many others whose interest in the drug has nothing to do with psychic revolution. for example." In New York. Starting with ingredients freely available to anyone who knows where to shop--there are sources in Mexico. . to 72 tightly controlled research projects. and they were horrible. they say. and they operate with a messianic conviction that is completely unknown in the rest of the drug world. and for months thereafter he and his friends launched themselves into inner space simply by sucking on his suits. The verbal dam is collapsing. Man is about to make use of that fabulous electrical network he carries around in his skull.000 doses a month. Mathematicians have used it as a lens through which they sometimes glimpse the physical reality of concepts that the mind can only imagine--advanced number theory. forever. Waves of odium have since washed over both of them. military officers. Anyone who sets out to experiment privately may do so with ease. Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert embarked three years ago on what both continue to believe is the psychic revolution of man. "They all got together in a mob and started to come up after me--a flood of bogeymen. two billion years building up. "Now. But I knew I was stronger than all of them. a barrage of guide books to the cosmos and even two or three psychedelic churches. The biggest black market dealer in the country sells a steady 50. Most LSD is sold or given away among friends. ladies and gentlemen.S. LSD cannot be improved upon: it is odorless. Present social establishments had better be prepared for the change. A trip. But the revolution." as it is called. Single doses are absorbed and preserved almost indefinitely in a sugar cube or a sheet of blotting paper. has long since slipped out of Leary's or anyone else's control. teachers--each with a reason to risk a voyage on the unpredictable terrain of the deep brain dreamscape. San Francisco or Los Angeles. and Leary is now headed for jail with a sentence that suggests the government considers him a very dangerous man. doctors. and it comes complete with quarterlies. a girl just off the bus from Boise can find it quicker than the YWCA merely by asking around for "a trip. As contraband. Normal consciousness.
life is dramatically changed. atmosphere and the traveler's mental balance. and a wife's face can be a blood tulip. a glob of lazy ill-humor--all depending on how one feels about her. It can change their attitudes toward everything. "but that's not what we're trying to do. partly because it is inimical to the psychedelic state of mind: a white-coated researcher seems the prince of fools to someone living inside a sugar cube. tremblingmisery throughout. read aloud from The Book of the Dead. pull anchor. Thirty minutes after the exploding ticket is swallowed. sometimes with the merest terrestrial hook. There have been no studies on the effect of long-term use. The government has now arrived at the stage of declaring LSD "a problem worse than the narcotics evil. tasteless. Their vision becomes a beguiling scrim drawn over a life of deepening failure. surrendering performance of an absurd cosmic clown. frequent visits with Reality genuinely heighten awareness or do they put odd new kinks in it? And what about the children? What becomes of visionary kids? With so much LSD around. They discover that life is only a game. it becomes urgently important to learn how to aim it toward doing some good. every scrap of paper suspect--what are the police going to do? Even the most active enforcement of the law as it stands may well have the effect of worsening the problem by driving away people with prudence and intelligence while scarcely inconveniencing the really reckless. only a good mind can return from it without some serious re-entry problems. A good experience is bizarre. Already it is evident that clinical research alone is insufficient. There is no reason to suppose that doctors are the only men serious enough to approach the drug with official encouragement." The highly circumspect research now being done on LSD touches very few of the questions raised by the arrival of the drug in the streets. profound. and usually it suggests that if you haven't the conversation is about to end. and . "You may be making Buddhas out of everyone. and nothing at all is known of the subtle personality changes that are being witnessed inside the LSD culture. and not everyone can manage it." Leary and Alpert were told when they were fired from Harvard. then begin playing it with less and less skill. Colors are heard as notes of music. There can be screaming and tears.. No matter how thrilling and illuminating a trip may be. LSD has become the cornerstone of a great many lives already. electric color and light. others say they concentrate mainly on their own psychological "hang-ups. Many perceive their past life as the pathetic. what are the police going to do? Odorless. or read Huxley or dwell on Zen koan to limber up the brain. even among people who use it infrequently and with care. "more real. a Greek coin. Knots in the nervous system project out upon the universe. Perceptions come as killing insights--true! true! who couldn't have seen it before! There is an oceanic sense of involvement in the mortal drama in a deeply emotional new way. dangerous ones. vibrating." Colors shift and split into the spectrum of charged. quit work.. . A crystal vision comes: how full is the cosmos. extreme. transforming them into mumblers about Reality. how sweet the flowers! The illusions beckoned to the surface by the drug are greatly influenced by expectation. Yet present restrictions have shut off a critical amount of study from everyone else-behavioral scientists. Some fast a little beforehand. find a congenial spot. ideas have substance and fire.ot many people take more than three or four trips a year. and they change it accordingly: get divorced. partly because it is so seldom concerned with social questions." All but the real psychic desperados who try to stay high most of the time are careful to find someone they can trust to stay with them for the 10 or so hours of the trip--a "groundman" to keep trouble and distraction at bay. Yet nearly everyone who has taken LSD to whatever effect is left with a sense of mystic freemasonry about it. "Have you taken a trip?" is a question asked with unnerving frequency these days. colorless. After all. They wait for a long weekend. Does seeing with the Third Eye alter one's vision with two? Do easy. and the discovery can be too much to bear. The voyager must be strong enough to drift through all manner of terrifying moments like a curtain blowing in the wind. Objects are luminescent. for example." and there is reason to fear that it may soon become just that. Others break bad habits or learn German in a week--really accomplish something of value in their lives. Forgotten secrets are found still glowing with pain behind the dissolved rock of Ego.
It is frightening to think what will happen if this awesome drug becomes available only to those willing to risk jail for it. He does this every other week. "freaking freely" at a session of the Acid Test group in Hollywood. gyrates with his own shadow until he collapses." Can any law keep the awesome drug away from reckless hands? A San Francisco mathematician takes a trip on LSD with his cat. . LSD is being dropped in girls' drinks. Terrifying parties are being given with a surprise in the punch. "When my husband and I want to take a trip together. who is on the drug too. A user. For it brings out the very worst in some people. People are even having "beautiful experiences" with their baffled children. The Humane Society is picking up disoriented dogs." says the psychedelic mother of four. "I just put a little acid in the kids' orange juice in the morning and let them spend the day freaking out in the woods.
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