June 12th 1970: One of the most important days in sports history, a day perhaps bigger than any Stanley Cup victory, any World Series, or any Superbowl. 45 years ago today, Dock Ellis pitched an eight-walk, 2-0, no hit-victory while high on LSD.
Ellis, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was ahead of his time in the wild world of sports, not necessarily for his playing style but for his antics on and off the field. He was a flamboyant loudmouth, a shit-talker, and one of the most competitive players in the game. He attempted to hit every batter on the Cincinnati Reds in 1974 and was maced by a security guard for acting out of pocket in 1972. Ellis was also outspoken about [...]
Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it’s not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that listening to music can actually affect the LSD experience on a neurological level—and they have brain scans to back it.
Mendel Kaelen, a PhD student in neuroscience at Imperial College, has led several studies investigating the combined influence of music and psychedelic drugs in human trials. One of the challenges? Choosing the music.
In recent trials, it’s been Kaelen’s responsibility (among other things) to design the perfect playlist for a scientifically-sanctioned psychedelic trip with strict research [...]
Experts have warned that LSD is making a comeback.
The drug, which was favoured in the 1960s and 1970s and again in the 1990s, is seeing another resurgence.
Despite recent trends for cocaine and MDMA, LSD usage is becoming more common in recent years.
LSD – which abbreviates the chemical name lysergic acid diethylamide – is a powerful hallucinogenic drug, it causes users to experience a distorted version of reality.
As well as seeing and hearing things that aren’t there, perceptions of time and movement can appear to speed up or slow down.
Experiences with acid – commonly referred to as a trip – are pretty unpredictable and though some are pleasant, [...]
You can view all of the Lectures of this years Breaking Convention on the Trip Tamine YouTube Channel.
Speaking at Breaking Convention, a three-day conference held in London that aimed to explore the benefits of psychedelic drugs as medicines, amongst other topics, Professor David Nutt talked to me about his concerns on how the law is interfering with medical research and why LSD is still a problem child.
Professor David Nutt is to drug science what David Attenborough is to the natural world. A renowned neuropsychopharmacologist based at Imperial College, London, Professor Nutt is famed for sparking debates around illegal drugs and government policies. He is one of a [...]
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The mind expanding hallucinogenic substance called LSD-25 has been considered by many to be the shamanistic sacrament of our generation. For the first time ever scientists are researching how LSD affects the brain in order to further it’s potential to be used medicinally against depression and addiction.
The first controlled LSD study in over 40 years was recently published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The study consisted of 12 participants who suffer from “anxiety, depression, as well as unresolved family and relationship issues” resulting from life-threatening illness. To no surprise by many of our readers, the study observed a significant drop in anxiety levels among the participants, many having a lasting effect.
The study focused on individuals who had no alcohol or drug dependence and who were facing serious life-threatening illnesses. The vast majority of the participants had never tried psychedelics. The clinical trial was a “phase 2 [...]
At 9:30 in the morning, an architect and three senior scientists—two from Stanford, the other from Hewlett-Packard—donned eyeshades and earphones, sank into comfy couches, and waited for their government-approved dose of LSD to kick in. From across the suite and with no small amount of anticipation, Dr. James Fadiman spun the knobs of an impeccable sound system and unleashed Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68.” Then he stood by, ready to ease any concerns or discomfort.
For this particular experiment, the couched volunteers had each brought along three highly technical problems from [...]
Taylor Camp, says Hawaii-based photographer John Wehrheim, was not a commune, and there were no rules. Set at the edge of the road along the beach of the ancient island of Kauai, the tiny village was home to restless souls longing to escape from the unrest of their generation, from the traumas of the Vietnam War, the Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations. Youngsters from around the country fled to Taylor Camp, where they erected and lived in makeshift tree houses of bamboo and tin, rode the surf, lounged [...]
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A remarkable 1963 study [pdf] from the Archives of Opthalmology in which 24 blind participants took LSD to see if they could experience visual hallucinations.
Those blind from a very early age (younger than two years-old) did not report visual hallucinations, probably because they never had enough visual experience to shape a fully-functioning visual system when their brain was still developing.It turns out, they can, although this seems largely to be the case in blind people who had several years of sight to begin with, but who later lost their vision.
It is evident that a normal retina is not needed for the occurrence of [...]
You’ve been lied to about so many things, haven’t you? Money, God, meat, drugs, sex, gluten, which wine goes best with fish – it’s all a ruse, a set of weirdly hardwired myths we’re trained to cling to, feverishly, until we die. Who’s to blame? Obama? Jesus? The Illuminati? Your grandma? Your frail and gullible ego? Take your pick.
Take drugs. No, really. Take some LSD, some magic mushrooms (psilocybin). Take some freaky crazy acid, man. Do you know what will happen if you do? Will you suddenly leap out your window, arms flailing, believing you can fly as you plunge instantly to your bespattered doom? Will you go on a delirious rampage and wake up a week later in a ditch in [...]
Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris has boldly gone where no man has gone in over 40 years: he is the first person in the UK to have legally administered doses of LSD to human volunteers since the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971.
Dr. Carhart-Harris, a research associate in the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, presented his research at a public talk in June. The centerpiece of his presentation was a slid showing a cross-sectional image of the brain of a volunteer who was in an fMRI while under [...]
Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize-winning father of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he first deduced the double-helix structure of DNA nearly 50 years ago.
The abrasive and unorthodox Crick and his brilliant American co-researcher James Watson famously celebrated their eureka moment in March 1953 by running from the now legendary Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge to the nearby Eagle pub, where they announced over pints of bitter that they had discovered the secret of life.
Crick, who died ten days ago, aged 88, later told a fellow scientist that he often used small doses of LSD then an experimental drug used in psychotherapy to boost his powers of [...]