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.
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.
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…
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 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.
LSD and ketamine, two powerful hallucinogens, are also potential cures for depression, OCD, and anxiety. Two studies published this week, in Science and Nature, confirm that hallucinogenic drugs stimulate healthy brain activity, even promoting the growth of neurons.
Arcata is a tiny coastal town in Northern California, known for its beautiful redwood forests. But over the past few weeks, a series of bizarre events suggest that somebody is selling seriously bad drugs to the town residents.