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The Alternative History of LSD
with Richard Weight at the Century Club - Soho W1

Wednesday 13th November 2019
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

Lysergic acid diethylamide  was first synthesised in 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, who described it as "medicine for the soul”. 

Over the years it has been put to a variety of uses: by doctors to treat post traumatic stress disorder, by psychiatrists to unlock the subconscious, by zoologists to attempt to communicate with dolphins and by the CIA and the US Army as a mind-control drug for interrogations and military operations.  It has inspired cultural icons such as Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Hunter S Thompson, The Merry Pranksters and Beatles, with the drug’s initials spelled out in the title of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". 

From the mid 1960s LSD began to be banned around the world, however Hofmann took it for his whole life and lived to the age of 102. In this talk, cultural historian Richard Weight will explore the “people’s history” of this drug,  which has been demonised by politicians and romanticised by ‘psychonauts’ in equal measure.

Richard Weight
Richard Weight is an author, broadcaster and authority on modern Britain, specializing in the national identity of the British people and their relationship with the rest of the world. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC, providing historical perspectives for news and current affairs programmes on radio and television. His forthcomingbook, ‘Pleasure Island’: the History of Drugs in Britain since the 19th Century is due to be published by Oxford University Press. More at richardweight.com

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