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  • Albert Hoffman was a chemist and intellectual from Switzerland. He described the chitin structure, but is better known by being the first person who synthesized, ingested and experimented the psychotropic effects of LSD.
  • On 16 April 1943 while he was working for the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, trying to stabilize the lysergic acid, an ergotamine derivative, obtained from a fungus that grows on the rye. 
  • Hoffman was exposed to this substance in a Basel laboratory, on Switzerland, so he started to feel anxious, and have a little of dizziness, but the interesting was that, he started to see fantastic images, extraordinary forms and kaleidoscopic colors.
  • 3 days later, he decided to test the drug intentionally, so he took a dose at 16:20 and 40 minutes later he experimented, dizziness, anxiety, visual distortions and a desire to laugh.
  • Because of these effects he decided to go back to his house, but because of some rules due to the Second World War, he had to do it going by bicycle, with this uncertainty he asked to his assistant not to leave him alone and that trip is commemorated.
  • In the 60's LSD became a very popular drug, and though it is associated to a culture of liberty and expression, the uncontrolled use, made negative perception around the substance and caused that was declared illegal on 1968.
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