Today’s Video of the Day comes from the American Chemical Society’s Reactions series and features a look at the accidental discovery of LSD 74 years ago.
In 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman set out to stabilize lysergic acid, which is a fungal compound used for treating migraines. Hoffman synthesized a compound called lysergic acid diethylamine (LSD), which he accidentally exposed himself to. He then famously needed a lab assistant to help him home on a bicycle, which wound up being a legendarily groovy ride.
Although recreational use of many psychedelics became illegal in the 1970s, recent research has shown that LSD may be effective in treating various mental health ailments.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com
Source: American Chemical Society