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Albert (Abbie) Hofmann Dead at Age 102

Albert Hofmann, the pioneering Swiss chemist and advocate of psychedelics who discovered the hallucinogenic properties of LSD, died Tuesday. He was 102.

Hofmann reportedly died of a heart attack at his home in Basel, Switzerland.

Hofmann's most famous discovery happened on April 16, 1943. He was researching the synthesis of a lysergic acid compound, LSD-25, when he inadvertently absorbed a bit through his fingertips. Intrigued by the effect it had on his perception, Hofmann decided further exploration was warranted. Three days later, on April 19, he ingested 250 milligrams of LSD, embarking on the first full-fledged acid trip. That day became known among LSD fans as "bicycle day" because Hofmann began experiencing the drug's intense effects on his bicycle trip home from the lab.

In his autobiography, LSD, My Problem Child, Hofmann remembered his discovery this way:

"In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."

The experience led Hofmann to begin experimenting with other hallucinogens and he became an advocate of their use, in both the arenas of psychoanalysis and personal growth. He was critical of LSD's casual use by the counterculture during the '60s, accusing rank amateurs of hijacking the drug he still refers to as "medicine for the soul" without understanding either its positive or negative effects.

In a celebration of Hofmann's 100th birthday in 2006, Hofmann told the crowd of well-wishers -- which included 2,000 researchers, scientists, artists and historians -- that "LSD wanted to tell me something. It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation."

Hofmann was also the first scientist to synthesize psilocybin, the active ingredient in psilocybin mushrooms, in 1958.
Filter - Cant You Trip Like I Do



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Apr. 30th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Not to be confused with Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (1936-1989), founder of the Yippies and member of the "Chicago Seven."
Apr. 30th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)


Apr. 30th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
So lets drop 21 hits of LSD in his memory ....

the colors, the pretty colors....
Apr. 30th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)


Apr. 30th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
21 gun salute
Apr. 30th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)

It's just that 21 hits would be very, very bad for 98% of people out there.

Three is my maximium.

... ask me about the time I spent two hours in a dark washroom with a towel over my head, over a boom box, listening to a skipping CD and watching the blinking LEDs. ;-)

Apr. 30th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
And this is differnt how from Sir's tyipcal laundry night?

i told you not to put blinking LEDS in the drier

Apr. 30th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Interesting post, thanks for sharing. Two things he's done that I didn't do yet, trip on LSD and live past 100. I always wanted to try LSD but am terrified that I'll have a bad trip LOL;-)
Apr. 30th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)

LSD is such an easy drug, especially compared with today's party drugs, like "E", "X" and "T"

If you are concerned about a 'bad trip', you're more likly to have one. Prepaer your environment, have a good 'guide' and adhere to the 'buddy protocol' to ensure no one gets hurt (if you're going to drop 2 or more hits and trip your balls off!)

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