Climb aboard kids—it’s time to tune in, drop out, and have your mind expanded.
The stereotype of late 1960s authors and musicians is that certain drugs can help to expand the mind and make the user more creative. As someone who has never taken psychedelics, I can’t know this for sure, but a recent study seems to be the first step in displaying scientific evidence in support of that claim.
For the first time ever, researchers have peered into the brains of people tripping out on LSD. The groundbreaking scans reveal the dramatic extent to which the psychedelic drug affects normal brain function, while pointing towards therapies for similar psychological disorders.
For ten years during the Cold War, the CIA conducted mind-control experiments on unsuspecting San Franciscans. Dubbed Operation Midnight Climax, the program was packed with salacious details: a power-mad narcotics agent, a brothel equipped with two-way mirrors, and gallons of LSD.
The annual Global Drug Survey charts drug use patterns across the globe. Of particular interest this year are some stats revealing which countries are the most likely to produce "bad trips" for users of psychedelic drugs.
Instead of popping pills or eating shrooms, just look at these wonderful GIFs made by Micaël Reynaud. He's a maestro when it comes to using camera tricks to create dizzying effects and a genius at taking the typical GIF to the next level with slit-scanning, timelapse and perfect masking to stitch together digital…
On April 19, 1943, chemist Albert Hofmann intentionally ingested LSD, and felt the drug's hallucinogenic effects while riding his bicycle home. This short animation imagines what that journey home might have looked like from inside Hofmann's mind.
Modern medicine has taken all the fun out of doing drugs in baseball. Stories like how Darryl Strawberry used to refuse to slide for fear of breaking the coke vials in his pocket have slowly been replaced with clinical, drab tales of creams and clears. But not to worry! The folks at No Mas TV have crafted this…
Don't do drugs, people. But if you do do them, don't overdose on 'em. But if you do overdose on 'em, make sure the drugs you're doing are weed, LSD, opium and mushrooms and not pharmaceutical pills. That's because pharmaceuticals kill more people in America than any other type of drug. What?
Larry Hagman, who died last night, first came to most people's attention as the male lead of I Dream of Jeannie, a weird clone of Bewitched about an astronaut who becomes the owner of a cute, somewhat overenthusiastic genie in a bottle. She calls him "Master" and tries to please him with her magical powers — but she…
Ever hear someone tell a tale about an elderly man who used LSD in his youth going on a fish trip, only to randomly have an LSD-linked flashback and die via drowning? Scary, eh? I remember this urban legend particularly well, thanks to an unusually creepy elementary school assembly about drug awareness.
Back during the Cold War, the military wanted to find out if LSD could be used to incapacitate enemy forces. So they administered the drug to unsuspecting British soldiers, and sent the squaddies off to perform their duties. This short video, which is as hilarious as it is disturbing, chronicles the British…
Steve Jobs thought someone might kidnap his daughter in order to blackmail him, according to a newly released Department of Defense document that was filled out in the 1980s when Jobs underwent a background check for a Top Secret security clearance.
You might not expect one of the most potent hallucinogens of all time to be useful in the treatment of addiction. But weirdly that's exactly what a new study shows.
In 1956, the writings of Aldous Huxley prompted Dr. Sidney Cohen to test lysergic acid as a potential mental health treatment. In this old test footage, watch a self-described "normal" test subject get totally double-rainbowed.
In 1979, ABC News aired Mission Mind Control, a documentary about the US government's research into the mind control applications of hallucinogens. The documentary is fascinating (albeit depressing), and the 1970s production values give the video a retro flair. [Archive.org]
In 1985, Playboy talked to an enthusiastic 29-year-old Steve Jobs. In that lengthy interview, the entirety of which has been recently reposted online, Jobs touches on many topics, including the allure of California in the 1960s. Namely: Dylan and LSD.
In 1964, Sports Illustrated ran a piece on scientists experimenting with LSD for commercial fishing applications. Researchers hoped that LSD could both facilitate the removal of invasive carp and dope up commercial fishing populations on a large scale.