HISTROTY Albert Hofmann’s
You may know Albert Hofmann’s as the inventor of LSD. Because of his role in synthesising this incredible molecule, Albert Hofmann’s could be credited as one of the most influential people of the last century.
And without his work, the hippie movement of the 60s would have never occurred and counterculture, as we know it, would be completely different. Because of his work also led to the development of other lysergamides like LSZ.
Albert Hofmann’s books recount some of the most interesting stories of his life as well as some of his other achievements and accomplishments. Certainly, the invention of LSD was one of his paramount contributions. But that is not to say that he didn’t do anything else.
Albert Hofmann’s was a Swiss chemist, born January 11, 1906, who died on April 29, 2008, at the ripe age of 102. Hofmann is mostly credited for his discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), which he first accomplished in 1938.
He was also the first person to ingest the substance, making him one of the first (synthetic) psychedelic explorers. This wasn’t until 5 years after his original synthesis of the substance. He concluded that LSD had a number of important psychiatric uses and that it should be studied for medical purposes.
Albert Hofmann’s first real experience with LSD gave rise to what we presently refer to as ‘Bicycle Day.’ After taking what he later realised was a tremendously high dose of LSD, he found himself overwhelmed by its effects.
Assistant to help
He had to get his assistant to help him ride a bicycle home. Once he arrived home he spent the rest of the day largely locked on the couch. His neighbour came by to bring him milk and check in on him, but he reportedly saw her not as the kind woman that she was, but as an evil witch who was determined to bring misfortune.
After his experience and subsequently realising that he had consumed far too much of the substance, he decided to open up a new branch of research with more stable amounts of LSD. His research continued for several years until the counterculture movement of the 1960s got its hands on LSD and began to push the research forward at unprecedented levels.