Albert Hofmann, the father of the mind-altering drug LSD, died in Basel, Switzerland at the age of 102. He discovered the effect of lysergic acid diethylamide-25 by accident and used himself as the first test case.
LSD was the result of a laboratory experiment on April 16, 1943. Hofman describes how on a bicycle trip home “I had to leave work for home because I was suddenly hit by a sudden feeling of unease and mild dizziness . . . Everything I saw was distorted as in a warped mirror. I had the impression I was rooted to the spot. But my assistant told me we were actually going very fast.”
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