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LSD: My problem child 1 Reprint Edition

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"Hofmann's LSD will be of high interest to a wide audience of curious and scientifically minded readers. Few books about how science unfolds are as captivating and intruiging as this volume." --Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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Albert Hofmann is one of the most important scientists of our time, whose discoveries have powerfully influenced culture, society and science. Until its prohibition LSD was seen as a consciousness -expanding "wonder-drug", inducing self-awareness. Between 1943 and 1970 it generated almost 10,000 scientific publications, leading to its description as "the most intensively researched pharmacological substance ever". Hofmann realised that a substance with such profound effects on perception was likely to arouse interest beyond the medical field - though he never expected it to find worldwie recreational use. But "the more its use as an inebriant was disseminated... the more LSD became a problem child." And so LSD was prohibited in the late 1960s, and scientific research into its properties was terminated in the early 1970s.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 Reprint edition (May 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199639418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199639410
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 22, 2013
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Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) was a Swiss scientist who was the first person to synthesize and learn of the psychedelic effects of LSD; he has written/cowritten other books such as Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers, LSD and the Divine Scientist: The Final Thoughts and Reflections of Albert Hofmann, The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens, etc. [NOTE: page number below refer to the 210-page paperback edition.]

He wrote in the Foreword to this 1979 book, "Because I wanted to gain insight into the structure and essence of matter, I became a research chemist... I chose to specialize in research on the constituents of medical plants. In the course of this career I was led to the psychoactive, hallucination-causing substances, which under certain conditions can evoke visionary states... There is today a widespread striving for mystical experience, for visionary breakthroughs to a deeper, more comprehensive reality than that perceived by our rational, everyday consciousness... I share the belief of many of my contemporaries that the spiritual crisis pervading all spheres of Western industrial society can be remedied only by a change in our world view... The history of LSD to date amply demonstrates the catastrophic consequences that can ensue when its profound effect is midjudged and the substance is mistaken for a pleasure drug... Wrong and inappropriate use has caused LSD to become my problem child.
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A shame that this auto-biography unfortunately has left out several dangerous side-effects concerning LSD and it's usage.

First and foremost, LSD is not a "glorious" drug as amped up for marketing purposes. It is a very strong and powerful narcotic that can be mis-used and abused if placed in the wrong hands (Please see current political status quo from 2012 and beyond to confirm this). It is no different than several other drugs circling around.

What they DON'T tell you in this book is that LSD can contribute to suicidal or inhumane thoughts of the 'user'. Everything is amplified and the user in question is more suspect able to it's surroundings. It is a horrible wretched thing, many victims are either "disposed" of or forced to be modified for the rest of their lives.

I have met those under the influence of LSD with horrible consequences. Often time the patient in question is forgetful or is constantly on a "trip". The LSD is a a horrible 'marketing' drug that has been involved in the harassment of soldiers and citizens of america alike:

(The U.S.A Congress Involvement in LSD)
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Children have been sexually abused and assaulted in contribution to this highly illegal and potent drug.

This highly illegal operation is still on-going in the states and across the globe. Many children and adults have been permanently effected or affected as well as them and their loved ones/associates. It should be illegal for this type of material to be sold for marketing purposes. Many come from very poor families where the victim is exploited by perpetrators.

Please question the motivation of your legislators and others before 'contributing'.
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First read this book in high school and this new edition does not disappoint. Hoffman is a brilliant and compassionate character with an amazing story.
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