the magic mushroom
In 1938, Albert Hofmann synthesized LSD in his lab. He ingested a minute quantity of it accidentally-and experienced:
“a stream of fantastic images of extraordinary plasticity and vividness, accompanied by an intense, kaleidoscopic like play of colors”
“the feeling of timelessness, depersonalisation, a loss of control”
Isn’t it amazing that just by ingesting substances you can open up such huge, intense and wondrous parts of the human brain and imagination? I think we don’t even dream use our imagination any more. Senses dulled by routine and stress.
Disclaimer: there are non-ingestable drugs you can get high on though guyz. Try this
Brave New World author Aldous Huxley took mescaline:
“being normal is learning to shut out or eliminate most of the distracting , overwhleming, disturbing, confusing stimuli that explode all around us. Psychedelic drugs wash away the many years of rigid socialisation and programming we have learned to ignore. Drugs can bring about a kind of transcendence, much like religion”
I suppose taking drugs could mean that we were reverted to a state before socialisation then- a chance to wipe the slate clean just for a little. And if being normal is to shut out the stimuli, would it mean that being special was to interact and respond to all this stimuli, and maybe create things like artists do?
“a visionary voyage”
/more notes (I am doing a Sociology reading)
LSD ingestion often caused ‘nightmarish’ effects, ’ terror, indescribable fear’… the drug has a ‘freaking out’ aspect
Non swimmers think they swim, people think they can fly. A young man tried to stop a car, and was killed. A college student committed suicide by slashing his arm and bled to death in a field of lilies…
“psychic terror, uncontrollable impulses, violence, unconcern of own safety, psychotic episodes, delusions, hallucinations…”