Albert Hofmann, who died on Tuesday aged 102, synthesised lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in 1938 and became the first person in the world to experience a full-blown “acid trip” – that was on April 19 1943, which became known among aficionados as “Bicycle Day” as it was while cycling home from his laboratory that he experienced the most intense symptoms. — Telegraph.co.uk
I knew lots of people who dropped acid for recreational purposes, and none who ever received it as treatment. Some of these folks are still with us, some aren’t. Of the ones who are, some ought not to be: they just dodged a bullet or two. However, in all cases, their acid experiences were just minor distractions like a good marriage gone bad.
My favorite acid story concerns a guy I used to hang out with who tripped regularly, telling me once that he could have half a dozen tabs of decent LSD for half the price of an equivalent amount of coke. Basic rules of economy applied. A rational market. So he dropped acid when he wanted to get off even though he said it nauseated him, causing him to vomit violently.
When I questioned why he would deliberately make himself sick enough to puke, he shrugged. “It’s not so bad. I get real high for a whole day, and besides, if I can put it off long enough, when I finally barf, the colors are great!”
Rest in Peace, Dr. Hoffmann. Some of us will miss you a lot, others not so much.