Directed by Max Miller, LSD: INSIGHT OR INSANITY is one of the classic anti-drug films. Dating to 1967 and featuring images of hippie youths and mini skirt girls, this documentary about the potentially dangerous and unpredictable drug LSD was narrated by Sal Mineo. The film even includes images of car-driving boys playing a game of “chicken” as in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Various experts discuss how LSD is made and the hazards involved in using it while avid users explain why they enjoy taking it. Be careful of the bad trip…it’s a huge bummer!
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, is a psychedelic drug known for its psychological effects. This may include altered awareness of the surroundings, perceptions, and feelings as well as sensations and images that seem real though they are not. It is used mainly as a recreational drug and for spiritual reasons. LSD is typically either swallowed or held under the tongue. It is often sold on blotter paper, a sugar cube, or gelatin. LSD injected intravenously takes effect in approximately 30 minutes.
LSD is not addictive. However, adverse psychiatric reactions such as anxiety, paranoia, and delusions are possible. LSD is in the ergoline family. LSD is sensitive to oxygen, ultraviolet light, and chlorine, though it may last for years if it is stored away from light and moisture at low temperature. In pure form it is odorless and clear or white in color.As little as 20–30 micrograms can produce an effect.
LSD was first made by Albert Hofmann in Switzerland in 1938 from ergotamine, a chemical from the fungus, ergot. The laboratory name for the compound was the acronym for the German “Lyserg-säure-diäthylamid”, followed by a sequential number: LSD-25. Hofmann discovered its psychedelic properties in 1943. LSD was introduced as a commercial medication under the trade-name Delysid for various psychiatric uses in 1947. In the 1950s, officials at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) thought the drug might be useful for mind control and chemical warfare; the agency’s Project MKUltra research program gave the drug to young servicemen and students. The subsequent recreational use by youth culture in the Western world as part of 1960s counterculture resulted in its prohibition.
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