The dangerous magic of LSD

Kobler, John
November 1963
Saturday Evening Post;11/2/1963, Vol. 236 Issue 38, p30
The article focuses on potent and mysterious drugs that produce bizarre mental transformations and are commonly called "hallucinogens" by psychiatrists. By far the most potent is the compound diethyl amide tartrate of d-lysergic acid--in chemical shorthand, LSD. A barely visible speck swallowed in water can project the mind into a phantasmagoria lasting hours and sometimes days. While they fascinate psychiatrists as research tools, the majority of investigators consider them too dangerous for widespread use. The trouble is LSD attracts unstable therapists as much as it does the neurotic patient. It gives them an intoxicating sense of power to bestow such a fabulous experience on others.


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