By Albert Hofmann

The acclaimed discoverer of LSD’s own stories and options on chemistry, the usual sciences, mind-altering medications, the soul, and the quest for happiness

• stocks a distinct facet of the daddy of LSD, one identified merely to his buddies and shut colleagues

• Explains Hofmann’s various equipment of pharmaceutical learn in keeping with conventional plant medication

• comprises the poetry of this mystical prophet of psychedelic technology

Best referred to as the 1st individual to synthesize, ingest, and observe the psychedelic results of LSD, Albert Hofmann used to be greater than only a chemist. A pioneer within the box of visionary plant learn, he was once one of many first humans to signify using entheogens for mental therapeutic and religious progress. His insights into the consciousness-expanding results of psychedelics in addition to human nature, the psyche, and the character of truth earned him a name as a magical scientist and visionary thinker.

This book--Hofmann’s final paintings earlier than his demise in 2008 on the age of 102--offers the acclaimed scientist’s own studies and ideas on chemistry, the usual sciences, mind-altering medicinal drugs, the soul, and the hunt for happiness and which means in lifestyles. Hofmann explains assorted tools of pharmaceutical examine in keeping with conventional plant drugs and discusses psilocybin, the energetic compound in psychedelic mushrooms that he chanced on. He examines the mental position of psychoactives, their healing strength, and their use in easing the life-to-death transition. Sharing a special aspect of the daddy of LSD, one identified in basic terms to his buddies and shut colleagues, this booklet additionally comprises the poetry of this mystical prophet of psychedelic technology

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Die Mutterkornalkaloide. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke Verlag, 1964. Reprinted Solothurn, Switzerland: Nachtschatten Verlag, 2000. indd 35 3/28/13 4:11 PM 36 Planning and Chance in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Research Franz Troxler. ” Helvetica Chimica Acta 42 (1959): 1557–72. Hofmann’s article about the Mexican magic mushroom (Psilocybe mexicana) research. indd 37 3/28/13 4:11 PM If a chemist does not become a mystic, then he is not a chemist either. indd 38 3/28/13 4:11 PM 2 Can Insight into the Truths of Natural Science Be Therapeutically Effective in Psychology?

A. Jacobs and L. C. indd 16 3/28/13 4:11 PM 17 Planning and Chance in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Research named lysergic acid. They demonstrated that lysergic acid and the amino alcohol L-2-aminopropanol could be obtained through an alkaline hydrolysis of ergobasine. A complex structure was ascertained for ergotamine and ergotoxine, which showed how lysergic acid binds with a tripeptide-type residue. At this time I had just finished my first substantial work at the Stoll laboratory: the structural elucidation of the Scilla glycoside.

This unusual state of consciousness, which was not unpleasant, vanished after a few hours. I suspected that I had been intoxicated by something in my laboratory. At first I thought the cause might be the dichloroethylene that I had used in the chromatography. The next day at work I cautiously inhaled some vapor from this solvent. But nothing happened. Then I tested the lysergic acid diethylamide that I had also worked with on the day of the incident. But because I had been habitually working in a clean environment with the ergot alkaloids I could not actually imagine how I could have possibly taken enough of this substance for it to have any effect.

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