Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bicycle Day :Happy birthday LSD

Most people today in Great Britain today will be discussing the upcoming General Election,we are guaranteed toxic days ahead,I will undoubtedly return to the subject, meanwhile I'm going to slip back in time. Exactly 74 years ago, April 19, 1943  Albert Hofmann, a 37 year old chemist for Sandoz, in Basel, Switzerland, ingested intentionally a  minute amount—just 250 micrograms--of a compound derived from the ergot fungus thus synthesizing  lysergic acid diethylamide for the first time.Three days earlier, he had absorbed a small amount of the drug either through his fingertips or by accidentally ingesting it. Anyway, less than an hour later, Hofmann began to feel strange and noticed sudden and intense changes in his perception. He decided to pedal home from his laboratory. His bike ride accompanied by strong hallucinations developed into a real trip. Hofmann turned on, tuned in, and dropped out for the first time. This is how Hofmann learned about the effects of this substance and  had the first LSD trip where  here he experienced all its heavenly and hellish effects.
Psychedelic enthusiasts  across the world now commemorate Hofmann's discovery of LSD's effects every April 19, a.k.a. "Bicycle Day. "  He wrote about his experiments and experience on April 22, which was later put into his book LSD: My Problem Child. He called LSD “medicine for the soul” and saw the drug as a powerful psychiatric tool. But Hofmann admitted that the substance would be dangerous in the wrong hands.Look at the sad tale of Syd Barret and others, we've all probably encountered, the same drug that awakens us can also enslave us or drive us mad. In the 1960's, LSD use became widespread among people who sought to alter and intensify their perceptual experience, to achieve insights into the universe and themselves, and to deepen emotional connection with others. The American researcher Timothy Leary identified phases of the psychedelic experience with the Bardo stages of consciousness outlined in the Tibetan Book of the Dead,from "complete transcendence" to " routine game reality" and indeed the arrival of LSD coincided with a surge of interest in mystical and esoteric subjects. Albert Hoffman's amazing discovery subsequently contributed to countless works of art, literature, and music. Releasing a rich banquet of inspiration that still manages to fuel our senses today.From the books of Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut , Jr, to the music of Jimi Hendrix, my local heros Sendelica, acid still catches the imagination. I've personally taken a few trips in my time, not for a while though, never seem to come across  it,  perhaps people are hiding it from me, because they've seen me under the influence, managed to hitch back from glastonbury to west wales back in the day, but had to stop for respite in a field by the motorway for a while, to gather my senses and spend time talking to a tree. happy days. Oh and I have a flying frog in my living room called Albert.
My frog who goes by the name of Albert

4 comments:

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  2. cheers, and thank you kindly for your response.

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  3. Interesting blog I used to live in west Wales in early 80s at the helicon. We had some great parties. I joined a band-the slugs. We toured Cornwall which is where I now live

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  4. cheers, is that as in Field Marshall Slug,raw punky stuff, ace saw them a few times back in the day,one particular occasion was at the blue moon fayre in Llangeller around 1984, a full moon I think, my first encounter also with the Tibetan Ukrainian Mountain Troup, but what magic, yes the 80's used to be pretty wild around here,all the very best, warm regards.

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