Appropriately enough LSD’s creator, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann an employee of Sandoz Laboratories, was the first person to experience a bad trip on LSD. Telling no one at Sandoz except his lab assistant, Hoffman gave himself 250 millionths of a gram of LSD.
Forty minutes later he wrote in his journal “Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh.” that was all he could write. He had his lab assistant help him home and order milk from a neighbor knowing that drinking milk was a good remedy for a variety of toxic poisons.
In a later book, Hoffman described his trip.
“The dizziness and sensation of fainting became so strong at times that I could no longer hold myself erect, and had to lie down on a sofa … Everything in the room spun around, and the familiar objects and pieces of furniture assumed grotesque, threatening forms. They were in continuous motion, animated, as if driven by an inner relentlessness. The lady next door, whom I scarcely recognized, brought me milk—in the course of the evening I drank more than two liters. She was no longer Mrs. R, but rather a malevolent, insidious witch with a colored mask … Every exertion of my will, every attempt to put an end to the disintegration of the outer world and the dissolution of my ego, seemed to be a wasted effort. A demon had invaded me, had taken possession of my body, mind, and soul … I was seized by the dreadful fear of going insane. I was taken to another world, another place, another time. My body seemed to be without sensation, lifeless, strange. Was I dying?”
Undeterred he went on to test LSD on mice, cats, chimpanzees, fish and spiders. He took LSD many times himself initiating the idea of a “controlled setting” – taking the drug with only close friends surrounding him in a pleasant environment.
But he recognized the limits of controlling an LSD session and wrote, “In spite of a good mood at the beginning of a session—positive expectations, beautiful surroundings, and sympathetic company—I once fell into a terrible depression. The unpredictability of effects is the major danger of LSD.”
CIA Creates LSD Experiments in Mind Control
In the 1940 the US created the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to do intelligence and they noted the Nazis were using hallucinogens to experiment with finding a truth serum.
By 1946 Nazi doctor atrocities had been revealed and the US was also worried about the rising Communist regimes so the OSS was closed and the new CIA created to keep pace with what the enemies were doing. It took up mind control work.
The Nazis had abused Jews, gypsies and prisoners; soon the CIA experimenters would prey on mental patients, prostitutes, foreigners, drug addicts, and prisoners, often from minority ethnic groups. Over time people in the CIA violated every precept set down in the Nuremberg Code of conduct.
In 1949 the CIA bought into a rumor that Sandoz had sold 50 million doses of LSD to the Russians. Mind control research accelerated at the CIA in 1950 using North Korean prisoners of war.
CIA director Dulles met with Dr. Hoffman, the creator of LSD and learned that the drug so terrorized people they would confess to anything. Hoffman wrote, “The paramount effect was a breakdown in a subject’s character defenses for handling anxiety—bad stuff indeed, and just the kind of thing the CIA was looking for.”
In 1953 MK Ultra was launched by the CIA with $300,000 – big money at the time. Its purposes was to explore “covert use of biological and chemical and radiological materials.”
The CIA medical office issued a recommendation that all CIA personnel should be given LSD. Many agents did take it, including the MK-Ultra team – a recipe for paranoia.
Sidney Gottlieb, the head of MK-Ultra took LSD 200 times himself and enjoyed testing it on unsuspecting people in other countries, traveling abroad with his supply of LSD. He secretly funded grants in the US using CIA money so various groups could experiment with LSD.
One Man’s Experience as a Psychiatric Guinea Pig for LSD Research
Dr. W. Henry Wall, Jr. is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and award-winning inventor with more than 19 medical patents. He has four children and eight grandchildren. He does not wear tinfoil hats. He is the author of a book “Healing to Hell” about his father Dr. W. Henry Wall, Sr. who was a well-loved doctor in Georgia until the CIA psychiatrists got ahold of him.
The book explores how starting in 1953 a mind-control experiment destroyed his father – a family man, a small town doctor and a former Georgia senator.
His son writes that his “Daddy” became addicted to the narcotic pain killer Demerol prescribed by his doctor after a routine dental procedure. In 1953 Dr. Wall, Sr. ended up in the Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky a federal facility touted to be a hospital for drug addicts but run like a prison.
There was an addiction research center there run by Dr. Harris Isbell called the National Institute of Mental Health Addiction Research Center – a Nazi style drug experimentation program that enticed prisoners to “volunteer” by offering them either time off from their sentences or the purest doses of their preferred drug—generally heroin or morphine.
The program was authorized as part of the CIA’s MK-Ultra project that was investigating mind control methods using LSD on unsuspecting citizens.
Dr. Isbell’s reports of his chemical experiments show him having kept seven men on LSD for 77 straight days. And in cases where the response was not all that he hoped for, Isbell doubled, tripled, even quadrupled the dose, noting that some of the subjects seemed to “fear the doctors.”
As is well known the bad effects of LSD are greater for a person given the drug in “circumstances not conductive to pleasant feelings”. Dr. Wall, Sr. a loving family doctor still struggling with his own Demerol addiction, despised Isbell’s brutal treatment of the other addicts.
His son writes, “It’s unthinkable that America citizens’ taxes paid this man to destroy his hostages’ minds and lives.
“Can you imagine yourself a respectable, middle-aged, recently prominent, heretofore sane, professional man, being told god knows what as the walls undulate around you, the drab hospital room glows with psychedelic light, the air hums with unearthly vibrations, and the faces of those around you constantly shift from human to animal to gargoyles and back to human again? It’s scarcely imaginable, but that was what happened to Daddy.
“As he shuddered through these weird visual and auditory sensations, Daddy would often have felt nauseated, perspired profusely, and had “goose-bump” skin and a racing heart. His blood sugar would shoot up—bad news for a diabetic—and at times he would feel himself grow huge, then imagine he had shrunk to the size of his own thumb. No wonder he phoned Mother in a panic to report they were giving him something to make him lose his mind.”
Dr. Wall Sr. spent 9 months incarcerated, the final 5 under LSD treatment – covertly placed in his food or water – as he never agreed to be part of the research tests.
Dr. Isbell even told Dr. Wall, Sr., incarcerated at the facility in Kentucky, that back home in Georgia Wall’s wife and then 16 year old son were committing incest – a classic example of psychiatric bedside manner!
His son wrote, “For 13 years afterward he would strive manfully to break free, but for all practical purposes his life was ruined. Once I grasped that much, I believed I understood why Daddy had been kept on in Lexington beyond the usual “cure” period referred to in his letters. The additional time was to allow Isbell to observe and record his behavior following the drug assault. Even when he was finally sent home, having received no treatment of any sort for his drug dependence, Isbell made no provision whatever for psychiatric or medical follow-up. I found it heinous beyond belief that this violated man, still prey to paranoid flashbacks, was simply turned loose to his bewildered family and whatever fate might overtake him.”
Meanwhile, back in 2015…
Ironically, in the same month that prestigious psychiatrists are clamoring in for the right to dose patients with psychedelic drugs, two new stories appeared about real people not doing so well with these drugs.
A 16 year old girl in Glasgow, Scotland took one dose of MDMA at a house party and immediately passed out. She spent months in a hospital on life support, part of the time in a coma, with life threatening brain injury. She’s now in a wheel chair and can barely move or speak. Her parents issued a before and after video of their daughter to warn other families.
Then, at a professional conference in a small town outside Hamburg, Germany 29 homeopathic and alternative doctors were somehow dosed with a potent drug called 2C-E. It reportedly combined the euphoria of MDMA (Ecstasy) with the hallucinations of LSD.
These attendees were found “staggering around, rolling in a meadow, talking gibberish and suffering severe cramps”. Another paper reported they were having hallucinations, delusions and some had violent convulsions.
The paramedics were so concerned that their call resulted in 160 personnel arriving including helicopter teams. The medics gave sedatives and whisked victims to emergency wards.
Given that the CIA still exists and given that their mind control drug experiments undoubtedly continue today assisted by psychiatrists, it makes no sense to remove whatever laws currently exist to curtail the psychiatric use of psychedelic drugs for research.
We must remember the law states these drugs have “no accepted medical use and the greatest potential for harm to people.”
It would be wise to never allow psychiatrists to prescribe psychedelic drugs to anyone.