The story behind the accidental discovery of LSD
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.
Source: American Chemical Society