Top 10 Greatest LSD Quotes
#10 - JERRY GARCIA [1942-95]
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“Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you’ve been to some of those places, you think, ‘How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?’”
—Quoted in Rolling Stone, November 30, 1989

#09 - TERENCE MCKENNA [1946-2000]
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"LSD burst over the dreary domain of the constipated bourgeoisie like the angelic herald of a new psychedelic millennium. We have never been the same since, nor will we ever be, for LSD demonstrated, even to skeptics, that the mansions of heaven and gardens of paradise lie within each and all of us."

#08 - STEVEN WRIGHT [1955- ]
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"If God dropped acid, would He see people?"

#07 - BILL HICKS [1961-94]
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"Always that same LSD story, you've all seen it. 'Young man on acid, thought he could fly, jumped out of a building. What a tragedy.' What a dick! Fuck him, he’s an idiot. If he thought he could fly, why didn’t he take off on the ground first? Check it out. You don’t see ducks lined up to catch elevators to fly south—they fly from the ground, ya moron, quit ruining it for everybody. He’s a moron, he’s dead—good, we lost a moron, fuckin’ celebrate. Wow, I just felt the world get lighter. We lost a moron! I don’t mean to sound cold, or cruel, or vicious, but I am, so that’s the way it comes out. Professional help is being sought. How about a positive LSD story? Wouldn't that be news-worthy, just the once? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition and lies? I think it would be news-worthy. 'Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we're the imagination of ourselves' . . . 'Here's Tom with the weather.'"

#06 - JIM MORRISON [1943-71]
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"In the beginning we were creating our music, ourselves, every night . . . starting with a few outlines, maybe a few words for a song. Sometimes we worked out in Venice, looking at the surf. We were together a lot and it was good times for all of us. Acid, sun, friends, the ocean, and poetry and music."

#05 - KEN KESEY [1935-2001]
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"I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it's so evil? What is it about it that scares people so deeply, even the guy that invented it, what is it? Because they're afraid that there's more to reality than they have confronted. That there are doors that they're afraid to go in, and they don't want us to go in there either, because if we go in we might learn something that they don't know. And that makes us a little out of their control."
—Quoted in the BBC documentary, "The Beyond Within: The Rise and Fall of LSD," 1987

#04 - TOM WOLFE [1931- ]
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“The Pranksters had what looked like about a million doses of the Angels’ favorite drug—beer—and LSD for all who wanted to try it. The beer made the Angels very happy and the LSD made them strangely peaceful and sometimes catatonic, in contrast to the Pranksters and other intellectuals around, who soared on the stuff . . . The Angels were adding LSD to the already elaborate list of highs and lows they liked, beer, wine, marijuana, Benzedrine, Seconal, Amytal, Nembutal, Tuinal. Some of them had terrible bummers—bummer was the Angels’ term for a bad trip on a motorcycle and very quickly it became the hip world’s term for a bad trip on LSD. The only bad moment at Kesey’s came one day when an Angel went berserk during the first rush of the drug and tried to strangle his old lady on Kesey’s front steps. But he was too wasted at that point to really do much.”
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, 1968

#03 - TIMOTHY LEARY [1920-96]
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"'Turn on' meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. 'Tune in' meant interact harmoniously with the world around you—externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. Drop out suggested an elective, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. 'Drop Out' meant self-reliance, a discovery of one's singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean 'Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity.'"
Flashbacks, 1983

#02 - HUNTER S. THOMPSON [1937-2005]
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“That was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary’s trip. He crashed around America selling ‘consicousness expansion’ without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him too seriously . . . All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours, too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped to create . . . a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody—or at least some force—is tending the Light at the end of the tunnel.”
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1971

#01 - ALBERT HOFMANN [1906-2008]
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"Of greatest significance to me has been the insight that I attained as a fundamental understanding from all of my LSD experiments: what one commonly takes as 'the reality,' including the reality of one's own individual person, by no means signifies something fixed, but rather something that is ambiguous—that there is not only one, but that there are many realities, each comprising also a different consciousness of the ego. One can also arrive at this insight through scientific reflections. The problem of reality is and has been from time immemorial a central concern of philosophy. It is, however, a fundamental distinction, whether one approaches the problem of reality rationally, with the logical methods of philosophy, or if one obtrudes upon this problem emotionally, through an existential experience. The first planned LSD experiment was therefore so deeply moving and alarming, because everyday reality and the ego experiencing it, which I had until then considered to be the only reality, dissolved, and an unfamiliar ego experienced another, unfamiliar reality. The problem concerning the innermost self also appeared, which, itself unmoved, was able to record these external and internal transformations. Reality is inconceivable without an experiencing subject, without an ego. It is the product of the exterior world, of the sender and of a receiver, an ego in whose deepest self the emanations of the exterior world, registered by the antennae of the sense organs, become conscious. If one of the two is lacking, no reality happens, no radio music plays, the picture screen remains blank."
LSD: My Problem Child, 1980

User Comments - Add a Comment
Woo - 2008-05-09 13:31:15
Hunter is so right on that. Some of these people have no critical thought.
Bob Dobbs, Slacker - 2008-05-21 20:46:24
Acid is life without having to live. A quadriplegic could fly all the way to the moon if he could get enough acid
drg - 2008-07-06 10:16:22
I AM BIG FAN OF WILL SMITH
Thomas - 2008-07-17 14:47:11
These people are incredibly diluted; All but Hunter S., anyway. I took acid in my youth. I certainly identify with the character of the experiences described. But this idea of LSD as some sort of ultimate gateway to enlightenment is a joke. It is a chemical. It causes chemical reactions in the brain. It is fun and euphoric and exciting, sure. But it is not a path to any ultimate reality. It does not elucidate the nature of the universe. It causes neurons to fire in an abnormal manner. End of story.
Anonymous - 2008-07-24 11:44:16
sorry thomas but youre obviously a very simple person who apparently doesn't have the metal capacity to understand what you experienced. you can be filed under the people that use the chemical just to get "messed up" rather than a unique and amazing tool as well.
blowden - 2008-07-24 16:00:58
You can look for explanations and insight, get all wrapped up in something way bigger than you or any thoughts about reality that you've ever had. Or you can chill the fuck out, have a good time, and end up standing on the shore of lake Erie shouting out horrible things to Canadians across the water.
Anonymous - 2008-08-04 14:47:12
You're right Thomas, that's exactly what it does. Plays with your neurons. But ultimately, the state in which it leaves your mind is, indeed, a state of enlightenment. Enlightenment, simply put, is wisdom, understanding and clear perception. Whether it be religious enlightenment, spiritual or whatever you want to call it, LSD surely induces it. Your neurons control all functions of the brain, and if LSD has the ability to alter those neurons then why do you have such a hard time coming to terms with the fact that while on the drug you are indeed at times enlightened, and as Hofmann said, taken by you're subconsciousness' alter ego. I'm only 17 and this is what I believe.
Rev. John C. Link - 2008-08-10 10:05:55
The Terence McKenna quote should be #1, by far. But if you're interested...go with a naturally occurring plant, and only work with a reputable Shaman. These are Sacraments, and Medicines that these purveyors of these ancient arts understand. Go with a good guide, or don't at all. Doing this right is akin to Tantra...anything less may well be well intentioned, but not the way to go IMHO. Blessings!
ppp - 2008-08-11 19:18:36
Shrooms are better.
acidhead - 2008-10-22 16:17:27

well. first of all, define perception. once you have done that you will realize time is infinate, reality is meaningless and procured by the observer. out of the box?

Aaron Morgan - 2008-11-01 04:42:25

One from Me 'the one who fights acid is fighting a battle they can never win'

sam - 2008-11-13 01:10:49

Starvation leading to a lack of glucose in the brain can lead to tripping, which may explain how many monks centuries ago would have "revelations" after confining themselves to caves or the woods for weeks on end. Also a lack of sleep leads to the same scenario. These have to do with the loss of the brain's ability to maintain a "survival" mode where resources are saved and the input valve remains shut; that is, after extenuating stress or some sort of chemical receptor-mediated event (influx of LSD), the brain's neurons will begin firing rapidly allowing senses to become distorted and extravagant. Absent these conditions, the mind is focused on gaining energy, saving energy, and staying alive. Read Huxley's The Doors of Perception.

Here - 2008-12-10 13:26:41

@Anonymous, puh-leeze. It gets you stoned. It's no better then heroin or pot. Taking it for what it is, a mere drug you take to get high, is fine. Taking it and saying it gave you some kind of major religious experience and leads you on the path to nirvana is just stupid. Using drugs is pretty stupid anyway but using them to "better" yourself or your thinking just makes you a tool.

Dave - 2008-12-13 01:13:28

Fucking hippies. New-age bedwetters, always looking for some mystical answer to a question they've long forgotten. Patchouli-scented relics of a time greatly exaggerated by Madison Avenue and the beginnings of voyeur journalism, all brought to you by Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Huh. The lagacy of these losers? Well, there's granola. And the still-sold idea that somehow collectively we can change the world with rock and roll under the summer sun with daisies painted on our nipples. Christ almighty. Acid was fun, sure. But damn.

CatsFive - 2008-12-15 14:53:04

Blowdon-- Dude. I live in Canada, and I wish you trippers over there on the beach would hold it down a little. It's -30C here right now. We're trying to meditate, and it's a little hard with nonsensical statements like "Your stones are just a heart's throw away!" wafting over the lake to us. Thomas, what you just wrote is so incomplete and so poorly understands everything that LSD is and the world it opens up for people, it's like saying, "I tried sex. The orgasm is just your brain's neurons firing." Uhhh... the orgasm pretty much drives the f#@king planet, dude. And yes, LSD is like sex. Sure, it's a transcendant experience and all that, but it's something you have to practice. It's something you have to get good at. "Bummer" bad trips are like premature ejaculation. They don't happen very often to expert trippers. I've been offered shrooms and LSD dozens of times and said no, thanks, I'm not in the space, not ready right now. And when it's all ready, and all right... magic. That's when you learn that the worlds our most famous intellectuals talk about here aren't just fiction. If you're not ready to understand that, then I suggest you have "END OF STORY" carved into your tombstone.

yeah right - 2008-12-15 18:05:03

1) granula was invented by some cereal guy in the '30s, it was stolen and renamed granola by those kellog douches. 2) acid definitely fucks you up, a lot of people see "god" or are "reborn" (literally through the birth canal) and lots of other wacky group-identity stuff...that doesn't make it more or less "true" than not tripping your face off 3) A lot of these guys were great...Hunter S, Hoffman, even the lunatics understood they were on to SOMETHING they just never figured out what it was, except for maybe Hunter and Hoffman.

Thelonious - 2008-12-15 19:24:53

A) Quote #6 is lame. It says nothing about LSD. B) There is some middle ground between "LSD is a gateway to enlightenment" and "What a bunch of fucked-up losers." One need not buy into some baroque esoteric metaphysics to acknowledge that LSD offers some insight (perhaps rather difficult to interpret) into consciousness and our relation to the world. Verbalizing it can be difficult, so maybe we should cut those fucked-up stoners a little slack.

steve - 2008-12-15 22:31:44

as with anything in live, you get from hallucingens what you can take from it. i became severely manic depressive on a mushroom trip, and i look back on it as one of the most enlightening experiences of my life. ive learned more about myself in the handful of evenings on hallucinogens than in the 20 years of life prior to them.

fucked-up stoner - 2008-12-15 22:56:40

i agree thelonious and thanks for cutting us potheads some slack.

deadhead420 - 2008-12-16 18:18:34

Take it for what it is, a chemical, yet a psychedelic. Ive taken LSD 5 times, and mushrooms several, each trip very different and unique. Your experience is greatly affected by your mindset. First time i tried LSD i wasn't as into the psychedelic nature and peace and everything else i believe in today. My trip was not very spiritual. A year later after becoming what you consider a 'hippie' although i do not like the term, i tried LSD again. Used it as the gateway to enlightenment that it is and never have i had a more amazing, spiritual look at myself and well everything. Have the right mind frame and your experience will be much more pleasurable.

Justin - 2008-12-17 15:18:11

@ HERE, You are right and wrong. The first time I did acid, I just wanted to get messed up, I was never informed what it actually does to you, just that it makes you see trippy things. After the very 1st time I loved it. That's where you're right, people can love it too much and, although it's not physically addictive, it's very mentally addictive. You do it once, and you love it so much you want to do it over and over again. I've done LSD about 24 times, 23 of them were amazing trips. I was in an alternate reality, without even realizing it, and that wasn't good, because the reality I was in on drugs would have ruined my life (because I was stupid with drugs) if I didn't have a bad trip. My 24th time, I had a 36 hour bad trip, the longest, most horrifying, most insane 36 hours of my life. But that trip changed my life. Having the bad trip made me realize afterwards that I need to change and realign my priorities. If I never started doing acid, I can guarantee I would have been doing some other stupid ass addictive drug that fucks my life up. I never dropped acid in an effort to better myself, I took it to escape to such a euphoric and amazing place, and to make myself more knowledgable. In the end though, it DID better myself. I know and the people around me can see that I am a better person. I don't plan on doing acid for a long time, my brain is still a little fried, but over the years of my life, I definately would love to do acid once in a long while, just as a vacation. Too many vacations though, then you'll never return.

soapboxguy - 2008-12-23 05:45:19

Re: Here. Everything I had to say in response to what you said has already been addressed barring one point. You lumped Heroin and Pot in the same category, when in every aspect (chemically, intentional effects, side effects, etc.) those are completely different substances. It is ignorant to regard a vast spectrum of substances (heroin, pot, ecstasy, cocaine, etc) as one evil concept, i. e. Drugs. We are living during Prohibition 2.0 The War on Drugs is wasting billions of dollars a year and has wasted trillions. It is a disaster and another symptom of religious doctrine invading our government. We can put this behind us by educating ourselves and others.

mcsquared - 2008-12-24 23:50:25

I was always fond of Jack Kerouac's opinion of Acid "Walking on water wasn't built in a day."

Roger - 2008-12-26 18:31:29

LSD is to enlightenment as McDonalds is to nutrition. The state attained with LSD is better achieved through meditation which is the Eastern way. The Western mind wants it fast and without effort and the fact that the drug is a foreign substance flaws the so called revelations that result. Apply hallucinogens day after day and it will tear one's personality down. Apply meditation and yoga day after day and the result is strength.

Archie _ 1970's - 2008-12-31 22:22:50

I've taken more than 100 acid trips, all to my enlightenment. I thing these freaks that jumped off buldings and thought they could fly had mental problems. A good friend, last name "Armen" said it best, "LSD is a good time in a pill". I only wish it was still readily available! I'm 51 now, but would still entertain the idea. LSD is impossible to overdose on, at least for a human being, so party on, and pleade send me some. My wife really wants to try it with me. PS: she's never tried mescaline, LOVe2ALL

Bill - 2009-01-03 09:23:22

#7 FTW... I've taken a few drugs now, some to get away from reality, some to enforce the pure ass kicking reality can give you and some to get over a bad day. Coke is shit, Speed is shit, meds are shit, alcohol is SHIT, smoking is shit, most drugs are shit. You feel guilty because your constantly snuffling and laughing like a fucking sex offender. And the next day can be a killer... Well folks, that didn't happen to me on LSD. I didn't feel guilty, I felt comfortable. I didn't get a headache, my head was just full of thoughts. And most importantly, I began to think about the small things in life. How can a little piece of paper send you into a different place? The answer for me is: Of course it's a chemical. That buzzing is a side effect. The rainbows and tracers and distorted faces are fucking side effects!!! But what goes on in your head is not a side effect. You've been given the push on the bike of deep thought. Ride it hard...

Xanadu Xero - 2009-01-09 11:01:40

Timothy Leary came to my wedding party, which was a biiig disco shebang, kind of Burner '78. He didn't come because I was so cool. He came because he was that sleazy. I just vaguely knew 'who he was.' To me he was just one of The Old Guys I saw drunk at every party, whether invited or not. http://www.xanaduxero.blogspot.com

Bernhard Grünewald - 2009-01-16 05:00:12

A perfect list. I am going to read it at the Stockholm Concert Hall event on February 7th.

Henry Clay - 2009-02-01 22:01:10

Having dabbled in the world of psychedelics my opinion is this: Acid does not provide spoon-fed enlightenment. What it does, however, is help the user acknowledge the complexity and wonderment of the cosmos. In its own special way, LSD allows the mind to transcend the held notions of society, ripening the conditions for a journey into Enlightenment. Nobody should expect to become the Buddha in 12 hours. Inner peace ought to be earned, but LSD may lead you on the right path.

Nakedblues - 2009-02-05 20:56:20

Hell yes Henry. LSD and other such drugs only show you the door. They cannot get you through but they can show you what the other side has to offer. I agree that enlightenment is better reached through a disciplined practice in being present in your inner-space or heart, yet LSD can push you in that direction. It did for me that's for sure. Some people do only "get fucked up" but that is only because that is what they chose to get from their experience. Reality is what you make it. "Yeah Right", you said that "even the lunatics knew they were on to SOMETHING but never figured out what that something was"? Well read a little about Krishna Dass and Ram Dass (who were part of Leary's crew at Stanford). They believe that they have found what that SOMETHING is and LSD was the start of their path. LSD is like a little whisper in you ear that turns you on to your inner self and galactic contemplation. I encourage you all to read BE HERE NOW by Ram Dass and Living the Bagavadgita-Paths to GOD by Ram Dass assuming that you are well read in famous mythology texts such as the Bagavadgita. Keep in mind that all the known spiritual or religious texts out there such as the Bible and what have you, they are all beautifully written metaphors, never meant to be taken literally. Those three texts are some of the most beautiful texts I have ever read and they put it all into a pretty good understanding. Furthermore, you are all correct for there is no such thing as right or wrong. There is just the infinite moment which is chaotic peace. Blessings. OM Shant Shanti Shanti

Al - 2009-02-11 17:56:00

LSD is an an amazing chemical, but there is one amazing thing it cannot do, and that is to think for things for you. Any sort of enlightenment or profound discoveries do not originate from this molecule, these come from your self. Your experience will completely depend on your memories, thoughts and perceptions. All LSD is is a tool to create a new perspective and see the world and yourself in a completely different way than you ever have before. To say the whole experience comes from a drug and not your own psyche is extremely narrow minded. On the other hand, it does not really cause one to become enlightened. If enlightenment is what you seek, perhaps you will find it and maybe LSD can help you get there, I don't know. But it does seem to be an enormous catalyst in the creative thought process, and can help you see the ways you have been programmed by society and media and perhaps to break free from some of this conditioning.

Gabriel Cruz - 2009-03-25 21:13:24

On acid you can see everything is changing, there´s no reality without change, without movement, without transformation... Reality is , in fact, like waves on the ocean, they only exist in motion...

Bob Barson - 2009-04-03 21:36:47

We just did it to have a good time.

bryan - 2009-04-09 11:13:51

drugs are soooo GOOD!

Anonymous - 2009-04-10 16:07:26

theres a good and bad side to everything. i wouldnt be the same without my experiences and it has definitely enriched my life. i used to have incredibly bad depression/anxiety and acid really let me step outside that and see that everything is a state of mind and i am a much more quality individual now. acid did way more for me mentally than any psychotherapy ever has. for everyone who says ohh its just a chemical blah blah blah fires up your neurons well i got news for you our entire reality is made up of chemicals and electricity. and i also think its worth considering that acid was developed at the exact same time as the atomic bomb. its definitely the love drug and it has a lot of potential

D - 2009-04-12 20:51:55

You can accomplish all you need spititually naturally. Let the body connect with your spirit through your heart. The chemical way is a trickster . just think about the chemical world we experience now , how does it feel? Everything needed to have happiness is within.. just ask.

kita - 2009-04-15 14:13:06

anyone experienced with psychedelics - used with right will, right intent .. in right setting ... understands that these substances serve as allies in the quest for a deeper understanding of human consciousness and one's existence ... yet these allies can also be partners in crime to the those who haven't done the 'work' ... there is no easy path to enlightenment ... and no better or worse path .. it matters not the path or practice ... it is entirely contingent upon the traveler ... the most powerful example of this i have ever experienced was in an ayahuasca ceremony in peru ... ayahuasca allowed me an experience of being imbedded within "source" ... and the message was powerfully loud and clear ... we ALL have access to this 'power' ... that it is entirely up to each and every one of us what we do with it .. we ARE the creators of our own experience ... there is no passing the buck ... nor any bail out .. there are substances that guarantee a bad trip ... alcohol most especially ... they aggrandize the ego and nail shut the doors to expanded perception ... best to be avoided at all cost ... any substance or practice that stills the mind, expands awareness and opens the heart should be valued and cultivated ... yet even as such, can serve no purpose to the uncultivated heart and mind ...

flower power - 2009-04-15 15:18:53

CREATE ... In the name of the KRE, the LSD and the MTE. ... CRE ate ... LSD ... MTE ease the mind feeled of mines. Eh, man!

2dumbfortheinternets - 2009-04-16 20:09:59

When I hear things like, "we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively", my bullshit detector goes completely wild. What the fuck does that mean? Could one of you explain it to me? Of course not; it is a meaningless, subjective, completely irrational statement. What I find most interesting about the testimonials of most (not all) of those who advocate psychotropics as a means of discovery -- either of the self, or of reality -- is the vague, vapid ambiguity of their statements. They seem to feel as if they are part of some exclusive club, which the rest of us cannot gain access to because of some inherent defect -- usually, that we are too stupid, deluded or ignorant to "see the light". Ironically, most of them seem completely oblivious to the fact that they sound like a bunch of religious windbags who shill similarly irrational statements to their followers while condemning the non-believers. Like said windbag, the LSD-advocate remains blissfully ensconced in his smug, self-assured beliefs, and any attempt to convince him that what he has experienced is merely another subjective experience is met with derision and scorn. Why? Because, like religious experiences, the "knowledge" accrued during acid trips cannot be proven or disproven; it purports to transcend reality itself, to reach beyond the bounds of science into the realm of faith. Does acid allow you to see reality as it truly is? Are the experiences real, or conjured? That is *completely impossible to say*, just as it is impossible to say whether a person who believes they get down on their knees each night and speak to Jesus is a mystic or a schizophrenic. Believe it if you want, but you will not catch me living my life according to the "discoveries" made during what is effectively a theological coin toss, and shame on anybody who runs about spouting off about it to others. Kesey advocated acid as a tool for thought; those who think of it as a method of transcendance are just playing dice with spirituality.

daniel - 2009-04-20 08:19:54

hahahahhahahahahahaha im on acid at the moment and i think this is hilarious

EROCx1 - 2009-04-23 01:01:19

Nice list. I must add my favorite LSD quote: "well, I always thought Tim Leary said this, but when I asked him, he completely disowned this brilliant remark, which let me know he was an enlightened man cause I never would have disowned it. So, somebody said -- not Tim Leary -- "LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally cases psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it." Now many drugs are like that, and we have many psychotic people running around who have been driven mad by drugs they never took. But what they did take was your civil rights, your freedom to guide your own life, and your right to make your own decisions. This kind of thing is intolerable. If there is an iota of possibility that these substances enhance consciousness -- and remember, they used to be called "consciousness expanding" drugs (just a straight phenomenological description) -- if there's an iota of possibility that they augment consciousness, then we have to put the pedal to the metal in this matter. Because it is the absence of consciousness that is pushing us toward extinction, that is causing us to loot our children's future, that is causing us to accept the elimination of thousands of species per month without pouring into the streets to loot and smash the institutions of those who allow these kinds of atrocities to go forward. I think the era of politeness has gone on just about long enough. And there's going to have to come a moment where people stand up and are counted. We have seen our freedom taken away, we have seen our environment destroyed, we have seen our political dialogue polluted, and still we take it, and take it, and take it. You know, being counter-cultural is more than a fashion statement. I recall an obscure Chinese philosopher named Mao Tse Tung, who once said, "The Revolution is not a dinner party!" Of course, he went on to say it's an armed struggle, prosecuted by the forces of the people. I don't think we're ready to call for armed struggle, but I think it is time to call for "HANDS OFF THE AMERICAN MIND. GIVE US BACK OUR MIND." The American mind is one of the most creative minds in the world, and it is being confined, compromised, and sold down the river by people who can't think of anything better to do with the world than fabricate it into stupid products and sell it at twice its natural worth." -Terence McKenna

kevin - 2009-04-30 09:58:18

lsd switches your brain from survival mode to unfiltered perception..chemically its not very well understood but the end effect of these chemical reactions are simple and clear if looked at in a certain way

danm - 2009-05-05 11:37:50

I took LSD more than once. I spent twenty years working in a hospital psychiatric unit. I believe that most of our experiences of what we consider "real" is subjective, we create our view according to our culture, the events that shape us,and how we name it. I have met people full of kindness and compassion that never experienced a psychedelic, and I have met assholes that meditate and talk about how spiritual they are. Its all in the eye of the beholder. I learned to play and listen to music, read books,Tao Te Ching and I Ching were helpful. Weeding the garden, hiking, reading the currents of a river, and cooking and eating food at the end of a long trip were all quite informative. Sitting in silence, looking where my thoughts started, and watching them pull "me" into some drama. Lying on the floor with the ceiling a foot above my eyes. Helping numerous people go through bad trips, including myself. Watching my face melt to a skull and morph into a thousand faces. sitting with a friend and communicating without speaking. Connecting to trees, rocks, water, animals, and gaining an appreciation of nature. Being extremely uncomfortable and seeking the source of my discomfort, often finding it in a companion that is scared. Watching my "death". Hooked to the "acid chokechain" that pulled me back to things I did not like about myself, and seeking a way to resolve my loathing. Having an innate experience of empathy toward others, caring and nurturing others. I learned to listen and calm psychotic people, which I believe I learned from using LSD, and bringing that knowledge back. I believe that we synthesize and create neurotransmitters that can shift our consciousness, if we know how. I think that our beliefs may or may not any basis in "reality", mine included. Infinity and eternity can be experienced while eating a fresh picked garden salad. I laughed so hard, I was afraid I might need to go to an ER, which made me laugh more. If you are conscious, you might as well use it to explore, discover, and make sense out of nonsense, there is no word for it, if you say it, you're lying, you can't hold it, if you chase it, it will disappear, sit down, shut up, surrender. Oh, wait, it only made me crazy, but I did hold the keys to the crazy house, which counts for something. I think Ram Das gave his Guru three doses of white lightning, and the Guru overcame all effects of the drug. So maybe it is nothing, but there is" nothing you can hold for very long", like too many cups of coffee. Happy Trails to you

peter - 2009-05-17 08:46:42

hhaha im 15 and that shit is hectic theres deffinetly something about it its of the chain think aobut what it does that hecttic shit the visuals u can get off that shit is fucking hectic no other way to describe it its beyond words its so powerfull and mind altering make u start chain thinking were u teach your self i dno like thousands of thaught a second that all link up together in some way and ur realising something as all of theese thaughts are passnig through your head untill u come to a conclusion of something that really means nothing but u manage to get caught up in your own mindgames for the rest of the night

Bjork - 2009-06-11 22:53:04

Like Hofmann said everyone has a different way of looking at things. Reality is multi-dimensional. So everyone has a different experience on acid. Some may have a very life changing happening, others will just trip. 'Here' is pretty gay. Look up DMT. If anyone wants to get closer to themselves and attain the unknown,DMT is where its at bizshitches.

s0ul - 2009-09-10 00:09:37

acid taught me the meaning of life...

shay - 2009-09-13 23:33:16

these are the people we should be listening to. 2012 2012 2012 everything is what you make it to be

gaara adams - 2009-09-18 23:10:13

i thank ALBERT HOFMANN cos i beleieve tht LSD is one of the best discovery's in the world.

aurora borealis - 2009-09-23 20:45:21

Acid isn't the quick path to enlightenment. It's more like the bumps on a lego piece, the shape is already there, but the bumps hold it together. When I finally had my enlightened acid experience, I already knew everything, I already had all the pieces to the puzzle. What it did was help me understand them, and put them together. I realize that the my whole life I already knew the answers, I already had the emotions and beliefs, but once I had my enlightened acid trip, I realized the importance of them. They all came together and I saw the significance in all of it. How it all connected. I looked back on my life after my most prolific acid experience, and all my belief's, favorite quotes and books, feelings, and raw emotions, they all led me to this point. Acid just helped me see the connections in all of it. "the patterns" the mobius strip of life. Acid doesn't teach you anything you don't already know. It just allows you to see if in a way, free of ego, free of bias, free of your consciousness. Your subconscious is an extremely powerful tool, but our bodies, our ego, they keep us anchored to the physical, rational world. Acid takes you away from that, allows you to explore the deepest feelings and actually grasp them and make sense of it all. It breaks the barriers of emotion and allows you to see chaos for what it really is.. harmony. gravity, electricity, love, life, motion, science, religion. They're all just rational concepts trying to explain the irrational. It's the randomness, the chaos of the world that alludes to the harmony, and consistency of the world. The infinite choices, the unending predisposal of potentials. It's love, and hate meaning the same yet infinitely opposite. It's seeing how fucking goddamn beautiful it all is because of this. Life is, and I can't stress it any more, BEAUTIFUL. Acid doesn't do anything. You do all the work, Acid just helps you find that last missing puzzle piece. So never stop questioning the world. Understand why people feel, do, and act the way they do. See the beauty in sadness and happiness. stay in the middle and you'll discover the truth. Don't let others influence your beliefs, discuss them, but only allow it to build on your own. Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of the genius.

chelsea - 2009-10-28 18:51:38

Reading Timothy Leary's explanation hit me in a wave of understanding, agreement, and most of all, anger. I'm an A student, graduating high school this year, and the one bit of knowledge i recall from previous years of history (sad that they go through so much trouble for us to wipe clean the information instilled in our minds every year to prepare for the next) was that specific quote. "Tune in, turn on, and drop out." Not to say I've ever had anything against it, but the teacher explained it in the literal terms, saying just what Leary was trying NOT to convey to the people. It's a load of bullshit that we're expected to believe everything we hear in a classroom.

Dillon - 2009-11-11 08:28:32

I completely agree with Roger.

bookbeatkid - 2009-11-12 05:29:59

Roger.

Dan - 2009-11-21 14:27:03

experiences are enlightening..a drug is the most extreme thing you can do in a lifetime. 10 hits of acid will open your mind to a shit load more then jumping out of a plane

broadleef - 2009-12-06 13:09:26

LSD has been a catalyst for change in countless people. While some have changed for the worse, many many more were changed for the better. Yet, as Bill Hicks said, you won't here about that from the state run media. If this drug helps people to open the doors of enlightenment, which in turn causes them to emerge a better person, how is that a bad thing? Why are so many frightened by it? I would argue that those people are afraid to take a good look in the mirror which, in many cases, is exactly what acid cuases one to do. If it causes serious personal examination resulting in a positive change, why must so many try to stop it? Why must so many (who do not truly understand)speak out against it? Take for instance 2dumbfortheinternets post on 2009-04-16 in which he says "They seem to feel as if they are part of some exclusive club..." well, we do feel that way, just as if you talked with someone that had taken a vacation to the same place you had gone. Even though you were there at different times, you still have a lot in common and a basis for conversation. Now imagine if that place were not on this Earth, but a distant planet, through time, or even to a mythical or spiritual place, perhaps even a shared dream. People that have had an experience with LSD have been to the same mental place and realized their connection to all other life. They have a greater understanding of themselves and how they relate to the world around them. They know where their values lie and what is truly important to them. It is no coincidence that people who have experienced LSD show less concern for material wealth and greater concern for nature, family, and the true wealth of our lives. Do you still think it's just a chemical? Or could it perhaps be viewed as a tool to allow us the opportunity to see and understand those things in life that are truly important.

Anonymous - 2009-12-14 22:52:43

doesnt it seem odd to any of the advocates of LSD that no one in power in the world has these same views as you? you would think that if it were meant to be this way at least one ruler with this perception of reality would have come to power. there is a reason why the world is not being led in the direction introduced by LSD. just imagine if everyone DID take acid, how the world would be. it would go right back to the simple, unmaterialistic form of life that was lived by cavemen. this in turn, would cause history to repeat itself. it is human nature to invent and advance. i dont think it is realistic to say we could ever get to a point where we all have complete understanding and everything is in harmony.

Yohanan - 2009-12-24 14:28:10

LSD is a powerful enabler for the adept. Those who seek shall find, and when they find, they shall be bothered by what they have found, because they were not prepared for the depth and scope of what they found. Word to the wise,...be prepared, bring your finest tools, let go of what you "think", and step across the threshold of vanity, expect the most unexpected, fear not, allow your curiosity to wander. To all the others, who wish to "tell YOU about how YOUR experience will be"; Forget them, they "know" nothing of what you may have inside waiting to be discovered, they were never meant to understand, enlightenment is an individual quality, it is only for the brave. "If you do not bring out that which is within you, that which is within you will consume you."

Jonah - 2010-01-11 11:37:21

Wow, 8 of the 10 people quoted here are dead. Is LSD that deadly?

benimble046 - 2010-01-15 01:05:13

Jonah, imho - you're comment was dumb. Everyone dies. Those quoted here, among so many others, are (were) very enlightened beings. Were would the 21st century be without their contribution to altered-state conciousness? You, I, and everyone (past, present & future) are in this "dream", we call life, together. You don't have to take LSD or any drug to understand this - unless you are so egotistical and self-centered that the universe revolves around you -. Drugs are not and should not be the only avenue to realization. Drugs inhibit us to sense our environment more directly and more quickly than what we have been physically conditioned throughout our existance. If we are to evolve, adapt, and survive we should consider and learn whatever it is we gain from this new knowledge. It's almost like we live in the era when the world was flat. But instead it's our collective conciousness that is flat, so to speak. If you deny that we are all connected, you must certainly have a very limited idea of the world. Becoming aware of the endless and infinite patterns that life weaves should encourage in us compassion and second-thought for our own actions and the actions done by others. LSD, religion, knowledge, etc. are not the answer to life, the universe and everything. Like many have said, it's a tool - whether you prefer to use a hammer or a rock is your own preference. It's where we are going and how we get there in the amount of time we have. :) BTW, I've only done acid once, and I'm uncertain if it was even LSD. I'm not an advocate of it or any drugs, but I can't and won't reject their benifits. It doesn't mean I won't do them in the future; I agree with kita, you should experience them in the right setting and with the right intent. peace

roguge_lemming - 2010-01-16 15:14:52

When you take lsd, it is just a chemical reaction in the brain, but if you think about it, so is death. You produce high doses of DMT for example, the moment you accept death (and also when you dream). All life is, who you think you are and what you wake up to every morning, is just the perception of this chemical reaction taking place in what we call reality. Accepting death for what it really is at the peak of an lsd trip, allows you to explore the infinite possibilities of life, and return, grasping on to time, memory and "reality".

Love - 2010-01-19 21:13:05

I've done acid three times in my life, the first two times I only did a hit, the third time, I did three, my cousin was with me and did one, but he said it felt like at least two compared to all the times he's ever done it, so perhaps I did a bit more. I've never had a more life changing experience. Prior to this I suffered from an anxiety disorder, of which I refused to take any valium or xanax bullshit for. I smoked weed to help with it, but it was a crutch on which I did not wish to lean. I didn't want to use drugs, I wanted to be strong on my own. Two hours into my trip, I left my body and my ego was dead. LSD turned me into many different things that I cannot explain. I existed as a mere particle of energy in environments so bizarre that words cannot describe them. One thing in my life that triggered my anxiety the most was the feeling that I did not have enough time for anything. Not for myself, not for the people I loved, or for the things important to me. Lucy carried me to the center of the Universe, and let me watch the hour glass that keeps time flowing in our reality. I watched as every grain of sand fell ever so slowly, and I laughed because it was so beautiful. Then she whispered, "See? You have all the time in the world." For the remainder of my trip I had many different visions and thought deeply into myself. All the while the words echoed through my head, "I have all the time in the world." After coming down from the peak I thought deeply about my loved ones. My mother, my father, my friends, my dogs. I cried as a realized how much I actually loved them, I had never realized how much they meant to me and how much I had taken them for granted. After this trip, I quit smoking weed. I started to express my love for my loved ones, and I now do everything I can to make sure they know I love them. I would go to the ends of the Earth for them. I also conquered my anxiety, with my simple phrase I had learned. Whenever I felt really anxious, like their was a boulder on my chest, like I was about to explode, I'd whisper to myself, "I have all the time in the world." And instantaneously the pressure was lifted from my chest, expelled in my exhale. I've never done LSD since. It was a bit of a frightening experience to be honest, and was nothing short of an emotional roller coaster, but it's what you make of this altered state of consciousness that's important. I don't claim to have reached Nirvana, but it definitely let me look at the world through eyes I never knew existed. It didn't change me, it simply showed me another way, and I chose to change.

our_last_stand - 2010-01-24 20:03:00

Your so right rogogue_lemming We wake up each morning and "reality" kicks in. Forget about that nice dream, time and money are real now. Coffee and a fag for breakfast, get in the shower and go to work, not really thinking about it, everybody else seems to cope fine. Get back in time for your favourite TV programmes, eat some food, gotta get up early tomorrow, get an early night. Repeat. Weekend comes, need to unwind. But how? Don't wanna meddle in dangerous drugs, could get 20 years, stick to beer for now, maybe risk a bit of weed. Don't think about that lsd trip you had when you were younger, it wasn't real. That feeling though... that i discovered something i shouldn't have. Choose life not reality

Sum Dude - 2010-02-12 01:20:08

LSD is in no way a religious experience. You do not see "GOD" or a god. LSD has opened my eyes to some very alarming and interesting truths about human beings and this world we occupy. LSD is just a chemical that opens certain doors in one's brain. Doors that can never really be closed. All of these old hippie guys came from a different generation. To them, LSD was as powerful as a god of sorts. Today we have youtube, an irresponsible generation of parents dating back to the baby boomers, and a world obsessed with Idiocracy all squished into the brains of some of the most depressed teens any generation has ever seen. An LSD trip is just something of a real snooz these days. "They only consume nihillism and drink from the cup of narcissism." Hoagy Carmichael

daisy - 2010-03-03 17:35:16

why didn't "god" paint up like flowers?

Anita - 2010-03-23 00:21:41

One of my most amazing experiences on acid was at a large underground party this past new year's. I experienced the ability to see energy and the people around me while my eyes were closed. Before acid I was not so used to seeing the reality and the magnitude of everything around me. On this night, the people surrounding me, the way they were interacting with one another, the impact they were making on each other and the direct way this impacted on the whole room was incredible. Everyone's actions and behaviours all made sense in a strange chaotic and unpredictable kind of way. Generally, some of my favourite pastimes are to observe people and to self actualise, so this experience bumped me up a level of 'seeing'. On this occasion, I had my hands clasped in front of my heart, I was directly parallel with the dj, at the very centre back of the room. On previous trips I don't think it occurred to me to close my eyes at the most intense moments of my trip. This time, closing my eyes while in this stance was absolutely mind blowing. First of all, the mental capacity that it took to brace myself for what I was about to 'see' was unlike anything I experienced before. I had to prepare myself and will myself to perform one of the simplest functions - closing my eyes. I have no way of knowing exactly for how many seconds/minute or two perhaps I was able to keep my concentration at a time, but I know what I saw and I am certain of the reality of it. I could see the energy that everyone was emitting around me. I could feel and see when someone was moving around, passing by me or coming towards me. Many people did in fact come towards me for the purpose of talking to me and asking me questions. I felt like some individuals' auras (energy or whatever you call it) did not want me to have this sort of power to so easily see them. The more I think about it now it just makes more sense. I have met a lot of people, simple people, confused, tense to the point where you can feel their nervous energy radiating off of their bodies, some people who are so misguided that they willingly do bad things to people, some who are so confused and caught up in themselves that they unknowingly have a bad affect on others, some people who are so good and can only see the goodness in everyone else, and others who see everything else between and beyond. Now, my closed eye view consisted of: seeing the music that was pulsating and travelling toward and around me in an array of pulsating geometric shapes (squares, circles coming out of the central point that was the dj) of all the colours of the rainbow. Then if I looked around there were the dancing, standing, sitting people all around me. I was probably more easily able to 'see' them due to the way that the sound travelled around them. But I never thought that I would be able to see the heat inside another's body in the same way a thermal camera could when one individual came very close to me (he was one who kept interrupting me most of all). I only saw this level of detail in another for a few seconds then was jolted out of it by him and was not able to see the body heat again as this was an incredibly difficult and exhausting task that I had never tried to perform before. There was also the undeniable force I felt from certain individuals who I felt shared a higher understanding with myself. There was an incredible number of individuals who somehow felt/knew if I was watching them (eyes open or closed) some of whom upon realising that they had my attention started to show off in various ways and then immediately stopped doing so when I ceased to look in their direction. One man I met an hour or so earlier with whom I shared a positive spiritual connection got up from his spot on the floor where he was sitting with his friends, walked a few feet directly in front of me and started dancing. When I closed my eyes then, I could clearly see his body, arms, legs and head included. His body was a sort of white fog and I was able to observe his movements clearly with my eyes closed shut. If at times someone walked between us I would cease to see him and would get a sudden and uncomfortable jolt which forced my eyes open. There were at least 5 people who came up to me and who introduced themselves and expressed how beautiful they thought my aura was, holding my hand and grinning from ear to ear. I was in such a wonderful mood and so at peace with myself and the universe that it was apparent to all who wanted to see. Later when I stopped to rest which was in a spot by the door, I'd say prob 95% of the people who went in and out of the room acknowledged me with some form of greeting, nod or smile. I must have been radiating so much positive energy that a guy who was coincidentally standing beside me was convinced that I was either a famous dj or one of the organisers of the party. He kept saying "Everyone here knows you. They all know you" - this was rather amusing and took much convincing to the contrary, though I'm sure his memory of me will forever be shrouded in mystery and disbelief. The realisation of how much power I had (or anyone else for that mater) was staggering. I feel blessed first of all because I dont think that many people have or will ever get to see what I have seen, however this doesn't make what I experienced any less real. I think this was one of the most eye-opening, genuinely real and enlightening experiences of my life. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that lsd was good for me, it has taught me to see the world in a different way, a way that I now know I can also achieve through extensive meditation and concentration. Lsd has expanded my mind more than any other drug or experience and for this purpose I condone its use by responsible and ready individuals - otherwise, like everything else its use can be spiritually pointless. Blessed!

flickery - 2010-03-25 15:45:33

I think the general idea of the amazingness of LSD applies to all other hallucinogenics. Such as mescaline, salvia, mushrooms, ayuaka (dunno how to spell it), etc.. Most of these guys have written a lot on these other drugs too.

4obs2erve0r - 2010-03-29 20:02:19

talk about a subjective reality...all you guys think you're right and the other guy is wrong. look up the definition of subjective and ambiguous and now blend those two ideas in peace and harmony it'll lighten the ignorant banter somewhat you talking monkeys

anon - 2010-04-13 04:07:51

LSD may 'open the doors of perception', to use an oft-quoted phrase.DMT when smoked blows it off its hinges.All psychedelics just interrupt the filter our brains need to function on a day to day basis but can give useful insights into the complexity of this existence and into ourselves-they definitely have some therapeutic potential when used responsibly.

me - 2010-04-26 13:03:02

acid + human = seeing more, understanding the other/the next door/unseen reality. word. be well. p

Nimbis Rimbak - 2010-05-19 01:38:57

Acid is like a chemical vacation without leaving town.

MissA - 2010-06-15 05:17:10

Hallucinogens have been used since the beginning of mankind to achieve enlightenment and approach "the other side." It is foolish and and disrespectful of human history for some of you to discredit the fact that drugs have helped to establish the religious, psychological, mathematical, and scientific knowledge our kind has achieved as of today. DNA was discovered on acid for one. There are hundreds of types of hallucinogens both natural and chemical and these were used frequently by our ancestors. It's really too bad that most humans are too scared or too convinced by government PSAs that using hallucinogens are a bad or give superficial meaning. Trips open people's eyes or 3rd eye to possibilities they never thought possible. I can see how some immature trippers get the idea LSD etc. are for getting fucked up and negate their actual use, but seasoned vets as the users quoted above know hallucinogens are not a toy and only the intelligent can make use of such an awesome gift to the spirit.

possible - 2010-06-25 10:17:27

There are two features of LSD that give it legitimacy in my mind. First, when a person has become crushingly sad - clinically depressed - and is spinning their wheels day after day, year after year, incapable of finding a way out, LSD can open up an alternative route - not escape but a path that can be followed to get well. This is tangible evidence of something valuable. Second, and more broadly, with time as we age and mature we become overly familiar with our surroundings. We take for granted that inanimate things come to life, turning from seeds into trees or cells into whole creatures. We forget the almost intolerable passion and longing we felt for our first love, or the unspoiled beauty of a young animal or child. This is not to say that we get jaded (although we might). Rather, we lose the capacity to experience true wonder. LSD can restore that. It can also evoke horror when we fully process the evil and ugliness of our world, so it's a double-edged sword. In sum, I would say the value of LSD boils down to its ability to permit flexible thinking - to solve problems or combine ideas that foster discovery; and at the same time, to see the world as if for the first time without having to forego the knowledge we have gained up to that point - that is to experience child-like awe despite being an adult. So, if you're stuck - really stuck - LSD is a powerful tool. Ultimately, however, it is only reminding us of the miracles we encounter every day.

Shane - 2010-06-29 14:11:01

Our everyday consciousness is a perfect way of interpreting everything around us. Well im not sure about perfect, but it is a very well balanced manageable method This consciousness has been formed over thousands of years. Acid however can change this in a very short amount of time. Acid changes the way you receive energies and vibes or any form of stimuli in the environment. It does not however give you a great way of interpreting, this must be done by using your previous knowledge. So people who have a poor understanding of the world will have an even harder time figuring out what is going on (in their new reality) when given new senses. You have to be intelligent to truly appreciate this drug or any psychedelic drug for that matter. The things people see are not a joke. Yes it is all in your head but what isn't. Reality exists in your head. So perhaps there are parts to reality which humans normal consciousness do not pick up (other animals like snakes and bats can "see" things in different ways) . I believe that the drug somehow does open up new ways of viewing the world and understand the forces and energies which are always lying invisibly (to our normal conscious state) within and around us. With perfect interpretation (due to advancing sciences and understanding of thew world) of these new senses I know it is possible to understand the universe. I did not want to share my stories and look as if i am trying to sound credible because i have been somewhere many have not. I am sorry to people who havn't experienced it and think we all believe we are on some higher pedestal. You are all missing out very much.

Anonymous - 2010-06-29 18:50:55

LSD, in my experience is much like art. It is what you bring to it and you take what you want from it. To some people it's a fun little day in the park tripping and feeling the love. To others it's mind opening, it causes you to see and think about things in ways you may never have before. Personally I have had both experiences taking it.

Anon - 2010-07-12 19:13:29

Thompson is correct, and most people here completely miss the point. What he's saying is that, the height of the 60s coincided with the general attitude that acid could save the world, and Thompson was there, and he was there when the hippies in the 60s collapsed like a house of cards and segued into the bleak, drug induced desperation of the 70s. Thompson is saying that people who find acid to be the key to spiritual enlightenment are NAIVE, and they are. The hippies tried to escape and fail, because things were too harsh. Hunter did get enlightened on acid and on drugs. The revelation was that the mission statement the hippies put forth was impossible, because the weight of the world is too damn harsh.

Aqua Soxx - 2010-07-13 14:25:37

I do no understand why people must always bicker about who is right and who is wrong. Could it be that acid affects people differently? Sure it is a chemical reaction in the brain, but the way it reacts with us differs with each person. For some, it is just a drug which makes them see trippy shit, and for some it is a steady path toward a new understanding of things. For me, acid is not only a visually pleasing experience, but a eye opening experience as well. Trying to prove that your perspective on LSD is the right perspective is just ludicrous. Just like artwork. The opinion and view on the art varies with each person, and trying to make a huge scene on the 'truth' behind it all is quite ridiculous. Like the Beatles said, "Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream." No need to bicker about such things. Just accept it for what it is, and enjoy the ride.

Anonymous - 2010-07-29 18:31:54

To Anita great experience, great story, you have touched something truly important. keep up the good work!!

deadhead zona dizzyhips - 2010-07-31 04:37:56

lets see here. ive dropped lsd quite a few times. its a totally different view of reality. and i love it . drugs dont make u a bad person at all. and i fuckin love uncle syd!! so suck my big toe if u dont like it.

mentalextention - 2010-08-18 22:38:33

@ Dave, why are you even on this site if you feel that way? idiot. What have "hippies" ever done to harm anyone? nothing. so why do you have to come here and give us your negative opinion? no one wants to here it.

Shrooms eh - 2010-09-01 01:30:34

To "ppp" Shrooms are no way in hell better than acid. Acid was the greatest trip i've ever been on. I was more zoned out on shrooms than anything. Acid sent me into a euphoric state of being that i will never forget. Shrooms made me talk to myself.

Eric - 2010-09-04 16:06:58

Thomas, you are right. LSD is clearly a chemical reaction in the brain that causes the thoughts and visions, but as long as those visions help you further your understanding of your own consciousness, how you acquire them is irrelevant. Meditation is just channeling chemicals to cause a euphoric effect and that has been used for millions of years as psychoactive therapy. Dreams are caused by DMT which your brain creates itself. Yet another chemical reaction. So saying it is just a chemical reaction is just the one-sided perspective shared by many other superficial, mindless people.

Jennipher - 2010-09-14 13:58:34

Who are any of you to impose your thoughts on anyone else... user, advocate, non-user, whoever.... Some people like it some don't an no matter your opinion who gives a shit... I like LSD and I understand where the people who feel enlightened are comming from but if people disagree with you why get all worked up... I know people who are totally against the stuff but we dont argue about it... it's a personal choice and experience... people believe in many different things and who is an LSD user to say their enlightenment is any more profound that that of a religious person... it makes no sense to try and dispute one another... trip if you want or go to church if you want why do you all care so much about what one another are thinking about a certain subject... if everyone minded their own damn business would any of this even matter? To each his own just leave me alon should be all of you guys's motto... with that said... I LOVE LSD HAHAHAHAHAHA

lovingmind - 2010-09-21 01:16:09

thank you nakedblues, i agree, could not have said it better myself, so i woulnt try, and great books by the way. ohh and i dont suggest LSD as a tool in looking through that window into conciousness for all, as you can see some poeple can fry on acid all the time and never even come close to finding that window, youve got to be open to it. i had already had some education in eastern mystics before i ever got anything out of taking acid, today no toxins invade my body and i still look through that window in meditation, only difference is i visit it wenever i choose without cost, and i believe take more back from it than i could on LSD.

Ashley - 2010-09-23 19:26:17

My first LSD trips were neither good nor bad. They were intense. I wasn't sure how I felt about the drug but I knew it was interesting. Once I finally was able to take it under the right circumstances I finally discovered the true beauty of this drug. Not only did it make me appreciate colors, art, music, and love but it also gave me a clear understanding of the world around me. Looking back at my life before LSD is like looking at a different person. I didn't know it at the time, but I had no idea what the meaning of life is. I definitely still do not know the meaning of life- as no one does- but I feel that I can live it to the fullest now. I understand that generosity and forgiveness are the key to happiness and also that sometimes, you just have to chill out and relax. It's too easy to get worked up in life and forget to enjoy the simple things. Many people forget what it feels like to swim in a river, listen to great music, appreciate the company of good people, and just enjoy life. LSD helped me relax. It got me started on painting- one of my favorite hobbies. I used to believe that I couldn't paint- because I wasn't very good. Now I say, who fucking cares if i'm not "a good artist." I love to paint- and the creativity that flows out of me is insane. I had no idea that a regular person like me could sit down for a few hours and paint. I love it. Go LSD. Keep opening minds.

shaft monkey - 2010-09-29 10:54:46

i love lsd i trip everyday for 25 hours and it rulez. when i smoke lsd i get a huge boner and i become very happy! i like going to candy cane land!

RichP - 2010-10-17 18:57:51

I miss LSD, I had so much in the 90s' I have not seen it for many years. However it is responsible for the philosopher and free mind I have today. There is nothing hidden in the universe to me, and I understand all, its has provided me with complete satsfaction with my place in the universe more than any religeon ever could. And Thank you to anonymous below thomas..Exactly my thoughts...or maybe that was me in another zone

enlightenme - 2010-12-05 07:18:50

"When you don't cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought." — Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose) Free your mind, taking LSD will open doors that have always been and always will be, but are often forgotten. PS: If anyone who read this blog has taken LSD and has a negative view towards it, please respond with an explanation.

josh - 2010-12-16 17:36:59

i can't wait :D

laoste - 2010-12-25 14:47:55

lsd is a chemical. norepinephrine is a chemical. neurons are excited by electrical charges in a soup of chemicals. anyone who has really taken clean acid knows that sensory perceptions are sharper, thoughts can be more insightful. and the speed that these stimuli are perceived is supercharged without a loss of interpretation that you would otherwise expect. thoughts and insights come so quickly and clearly that taking the time to express them in words would cause you to lose many more thoughts you could have had by just remaining silent. what one does with these insights is the real measure of the 'value' of lsd. i first took it 40 years ago and am so thankful that i was exposed to it.

Jake Irving - 2011-01-01 16:28:07

I'd just like to throw mine out there as well "Perception is the conduit through which we perceive reality" - Myself

LumeObell - 2011-01-12 22:59:41

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Tony - 2011-01-13 09:50:41

LSD unlocked a lot of subconscious stuff in me that I wasn't ready or wasn't capable of dealing with. It took years and a lot of yoga and meditation and mental anguish to overcome this. I still don't know if it was a blessing or a curse. I only took it about 10 times. Maybe I had some bad stuff because it also made me space out a lot. This also took years to fix. Mushrooms, on the other hand were very beautiful to the point of ecstasy and oneness with God and humanity. I'm now just trying to get through life and go to Heaven. I don't desire drugs anymore. I've written a ton of poetry, but have pretty much been a failure in everything I've done. That's my 2 cents on the matter.

Rio Gordon - 2011-01-18 13:49:52

Psychedelics are...uh..a catalyst for the Imagination...they, uh, raise the ante in the historical poker game, they show that there is more than one way to skin a cat. And we have come to a place of biforcations, immense choices...the decisions and processes that are put in place in the next twenty years will probably put the stamp on whether Humanity and this Planet are made or broken as a Cosmic concern. Well, consciousness is the key, what we, uh, what is dragging our boat is an absence of consciousness, you know, we are, we have one foot in angelhood, and one foot in the identity of a carniverous ape, and the tension between these two on a global scale is excrutiating, so, if psychedelics, if there is one chance in a thousand that they can contribute an increased measure of consciousness to this situation, then they are, uh, a precious gift, a resource, an option, a possibility to be explored. I don't advocate these things because I think its a sure thing, or a safe path to the uh, to the...eschaton...I advocate them because theyre the only game in town...you know if hortatory preaching could have done the trick, then the Sermon on the Mount would have been the turning of the corner, but we have Buddha, we have Christ, we have these examples of enormously insightful spiritual Beings who have delivered their message and Humanity has continued to flop on the seamy side, so, uh, its not about an Idea, an Idea is not sufficient to transform us, its about an Experience, and this is the only experience I know that in the time given to us, on the scale given to us, we have a hope of actually, uh, cutting through the detritus of our Historical experience,and building a true Human Community.... Terence McKenna Please learn more about the legacy of Terence McKenna at www.alchemeyez.com.

Ella - 2011-01-19 17:12:33

Its has been very interesting to read about other peoples interpretation of their own experiences and that of others..I encourage the thought process that it affects everyone differently therefore those people who it affects badly cannot judge those who achieve altered states of understanding and perception and visa versa( and the important term is achieved ) I am 32 yrs old now and took my first acid trip at 14, in total about 6 trips on seperate occasions during my time so far, with the last one being a year ago - there had been about 5 years between the last one and the previous to that - and in that 5 years I had embarked on my own study into the understandings of the universe i.e Quantam Mechanics, sacred geometry, understanding how energy (matter) works, string theory etc. Because of this knowledg when I had my last trip, I was in such awe of what I was experiencing as I had a greater understanding now of WHAT I was experiencing - and it was so beautiful. Energy, life and univerasl knowledge, if you are not able to comprehend then it becomes scary -I am sorry for all of you that do not have the inate ability to interpret or accept that which just is. ps. Im just the normal girlfriend of somebody, living in normal house, with a normal job, in a normal world, working and earning money and contributing as best I can to society. I just want to point out for those who berate us for our insight, you have absolutely no concept of how fustrating and soul destroying it can be to have to keep associating with people who have absolutley NO capacity to understand any of this and so they pass judgement on others. Your anger stems from fear, don't be afraid, its all good :)

Real nigga - 2011-01-20 03:35:56

I just dont understand how so many incompetent ignorant people can come to this page and talk shit about how lsd doesnt get you to a state of enlightenment. maybe your too dumb to see. maybe you cant accept reality because everythiung youve ever been taught would be a lie, and it is.

Shathatrix - 2011-01-26 00:51:52

Out of all the comments here, There is a distinct vibe from the people who are for LSD and the people who are against LSD. Everyone who is against LSD seem to have a negative vibe and a lack of knowledge in what they are saying, rather just speculating. Everyone who supports LSD has a very intellectual insight into the chemical, and come across as more understanding and supportive. That right there has to mean a lot, to why LSD is not just a chemical. Whatever it is about LSD, it must special.

Dodd - 2011-01-26 20:30:04

I don't believe any of them are diluted. That's whats beautiful about acid is that you can't be wrong.Acid is simply your brain trip and no one elses. No one else can sit and cogitate on top of your brain while you trip and then turn around to dissect and speculate the accuracy, significance or profoundness of your experience.

Chris - 2011-02-10 07:08:23

LSD is really something. For those who believe, more power to you. The time will come soon enough where we all must stand.

Josh - 2011-02-12 14:05:13

LSD typically causes symptoms of paranoia in those who have not used it. Like a reverse flashback, a flash forward. Like whatever is going to happen in 2012 is causing a reaction now.

SA - 2011-02-13 23:10:58

LSD can be enlightening for sure. It also can be extremely fun, plain and simple. Spent many hours scouring my mind and as many staring at the mirror as "me" constantly shifted. Pure beauty. I feel sad for those who can not even try this wonderful substance. It can be used responsibly. But fear seems to control many, regarding drugs, video games or practically anything. It's too sad.

My word... how odd - 2011-02-15 22:50:27

Acid is everything, all of the time, right now.

happpy taabs - 2011-02-22 17:25:07

To any who says that LSD is just a chemical your right but the people who see it as a gateway are right too its all in the eye of the beholder

Andrew - 2011-03-10 05:54:05

Thomas, do you understand that everybody has a different trip? Some people actually take acid to benefit their lives and try to see ways around things and try to see enlightenment through this drug, not just to 'have fun' and get high. Sure they do have fun and do get high but they do it in a way to improve themselves and what not. Everybody knows some whacked up shit goes on in your brain when your on acid but that's not just 'end of story' ..

Catie :) - 2011-04-04 11:55:15

well, i love these quotes. but i am actually looking for one short and simple that captures LSD so i can get it tattooed on me, because it changed my perception and i fell in love :) help?

Alice in Acid land - 2011-04-04 12:50:13

Well a mind full of acid and mouth full could really change a person

Bubble Giggle - 2011-04-23 23:40:33

Being quite frank, as many mentioned, LSD shuts down our neurologic focus on survival (depending on body weight and individual reaction to given doses), unleashing potentials only naturally present in few individuals. As anything physically existent, our body is utterly chemical by definition: A lot of molecules inside. The insights we can achieve on LSD are great; I would say the consciousness "peak" go beyond atoms and particles. We get to feel everything "as is". The overloading mystery of existence is clarified as our perception gradually cleanses, our five senses converge into a single infinity. Contradiction has never been so present. Any answers? Truth is a word as meaningless as all words, the ever changing grandness of whatever surrounds us cannot turn into concept. It is there to be experienced. Question though: LSD is a foreign chemical (not naturally ocurring in our bodies), so is our perception altered or cleansed while on it? DMT, on the other hand, is naturally ocurring inside us. Makes me wonder.

Jack - 2011-04-24 02:18:16

Several people posting here seem to believe that the LSD experience is meaningless garbage, just bungled up neurons. LSD enables your conscious mind to access your subconscious. In other words, it makes parts of your mind that were subconscious, conscious. It is a very powerful tool for psychoanalytics. It helped me out of a major depression that was based on cognitive errors. For that I am really glad I took it. Much of the intense beauty that people experience while on LSD, I think, is due to dissolving the various filters that normally constrain our thoughts and perceptions (and which block our subconscious mind from our conscious mind). It is like one is seeing/feeling everything for the first time, as a baby. It's great stuff. Definitely not just random neurons firing. For people who say they took it and they think it's just random chemical nonsense... as they say in organic chemistry, garbage in, garbage out.

eLF-MAN - 2011-04-27 06:17:21
Any one person who states that LSD is only a chemical and thinks that "ultimate gateway to enlightenment is a joke." is an intolerant. It is a COMPOUND of medicine in perfection achieved on ""accident"" by a brilliant man who helped us attain a key. There are many keys in Life and this key is a course to a path less traveled. All of Life's experiences are more understood and more cherished when shared with their beloved. Even bummer trips in retrospect, are a lesson. My friend, please take the chance to allow the Love to seep into the cracks and if you are Lucky enough to get the chance to experience again do so, but drop all of your outside distractions first...and yes, mushrooms from Kauai can be a good substitution....;-) D..............T
Eric. - 2011-05-02 12:35:36

Anonymous - 2008-07-24 11:44:16...You are sooooo right...Grtzzz from Amsterdam ;)

anonymous - 2011-05-03 02:44:55

I tried LSA today it provides a more peaceful, happier trip with way less visuals (small details of things tend to pulsate, shrink and move). once the trip subsides it feels like it has cleansed your brain of negative thoughts. It's almost like i was more alive than ive ever been before.

Eat acid dont kill anyone - 2011-05-03 08:58:14

When Will the CIA start dumping LSD on America? They dosed egypyt lybia what about America and china dump acid now CIA Dose the GOP dose everybody. Dose out!

rob - 2011-05-13 12:11:25
Anything we experience by touch, taste, scent, hearing and sight depends on nuerons firing in the brain and an organism is a chemical reaction. So if such terms are used to illegitimize the experience of LSD and the insight into the nature of ones own existence while digesting lysergic acid diethylamide, or any substance (ex. oranges) then that is to disregard the senses and the human experience as well. Even reading this now. It's as if we connect an instrument to an effect (ex. a wah pedal) and rediscover sound in a new way. In this case our body is the instrument, we are the sound, and what we're digesting is the effect. In regards to a "bad trip" which seems to be some sort of negative vibration (ex. fear) magnified by the effect at least it can make one appreciate being acoustic where things aren't so dramatic although when we hit positive notes we may enjoy the intensity. Anyway, this is too much analogy, it's a matter of serendipitous timing with such a thing. Just to be clear though I'm not persnally for or against anything that's been said.
tommy - 2011-05-17 12:33:16
I am new to LSD. I put it on the top shelf with Heroin and Crack and vowed never to touch it. Anyway one of my mates took a trip one day and kept telling me that it was amazing and i had to try it... i reallt trusted this guy and still do so i did (justifing it to my self by saying ill never do it again!!) What i everienced was amazing. It really opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and how everything works in harmony with eachother. it also added to my notion that we are being fed more and more lies every day by the people who run the world. is it a coincidence that i had only heard stroies of bad trips all my life? true i knew LSD had to be good if Jim Morrison and the Beatles loved it but i really did believe that if i took it id get eaten up by all my negative thoughts and harm myself!! pretty much the opposite happened, I let go of all negativity i had inside of me and it felt amazing. it was like everything i was thinking i already knew (such as 'forget what other ppl think of you' or 'life is but a dream and we all control our own reality' etc), but somehow while on acid it meant a lot more to me to the point where i acted upon my thoughts instead of just 'thinking' about them. when i woke up the next day, the weight that i had being carrying around with me all my life had lessened and i didnt have a hangover or feel ashamed for taking the trip ( as i get with coke, which since the trip ive stopped taking). it really was an amazing night, and a shit load of fun inbetween all the self clenzing!! Id recommend it to many but not everyone
Seoni - 2011-05-21 12:39:17
Hunter should have taken a good look in the mirror. His way of degrading people,tells so very much of his own failure to drop out.
Andrew - 2011-06-08 18:01:41
Thomas, in some ways you are right, in others wrong. There is nothing intrinsic about LSD that provides any sort of universal enlightenment. However, if you are in the right mind set and have enough intelligence, you CAN experience a transcendental enlightening experience, where you will realize for the first time many incredible truths about Life. While this is simply because you and the chemical are interacting, but that does not in any way make these realizations untrue. After you are sober, you will still remember them, and you can benefit from knowing them. I am speaking from a personal experience after taking acid Once. Some people simply occupy themselves with visual hallucinations they perceive, others have enlightening realizations about life.
Peak_hour - 2011-06-13 19:49:34
Some of us needed the drug to escape our ego and see a bigger picture than ourselves. I know I was high but I've never gotten such a spiritual experience from Jesus or church.
MACHSTAR - 2011-06-22 04:19:59
WHO ARE THE BRAIN POLICE!?!?!?!?!?!
matt - 2011-08-14 03:54:04
tripped today and connected with the other side. also, good energy brings people together.
Alex - 2011-08-28 18:03:50
Psychadelics, I believe, are gifts from whatever energy source that created this universe to understand the parts of nature that our society can not see. These gifts of nature portal our mind into the earth so that our consciousness is on the level of all nature, not only human nature. It gives one the opportunity to accelerate the power of the mind because there a no superficialities such as time, money, human nature, but there are only realities with in realites: nature, love, poetry, art, mathematics, knowledge, growth, togetherness. Thank you soo much to the ten greats who have realized such gifts, embraced them personally, and pursued them for the sake of not only human, but all nature
Graham Price - 2011-09-07 21:52:25
The question I have is: How does one procure LSD these days? Skinner and Pickard, who were responsible for a huge amount of the LSD available are now in prison. Also, there are other psychedelics that are interesting. The genie is out of the bottle, but no one knows where she is right now.
babybuttjingles youtube - 2011-09-09 03:12:47
Brilliant quote on definition of dropout! readin this made me feel like I was flyin higher than usual....
Natalie - 2011-09-15 15:39:51
Funny how all of these LSD users are dead....
cain dr gonzo - 2011-10-04 15:22:52
life is merely a sequence of test to see how you will end up after your gone on this earth to move on to bigger and better trips
Phil O. Sopher - 2011-10-13 16:43:22

@ Thomas, What they mean is, our phenomenological experience, that is what we understand limited by our sensory organ's ability to sense, limits us without our knowledge and that acid takes one to a state in which one can realize how created the world around us is by our perception and brain's interpretation of those perceptions with a child-like sense of wonder.

Anonymous - 2011-10-18 13:46:38
what about the people who dropped acid just looking to have fun and enjoy the dancing colors and 50 drops later came to an understanding of life and went back through all other trips and analized each one but with a more open mind and understanding.... it sounds crazy but once i dropped 12 and was looking at some trees and the leafy areas turned in to spinning color wheels, at the time it was just a very cool vizual... but a few months later with a mind with a better understand looked back and i believe i was seeing how trees work, where the energy from the surounding earth is channeled in to the tree.... most say im crazy but im stuck in my ways and my crazy belifs...
anon - 2011-10-18 18:37:40

Today I tried lsd in large quantities for the first time. It was the experience I wanted. I knew it would be. Ive been obsessed with the idea of doing lsd for most of my adult life due to my passion for creativity and understanding universal constants. So after my first very intense trip i came to realise that I have lost touch with my emotions and the people around me because society is so comfortable with being faceless and melancholy. Anyone who challenges people to get in touch with their own emotions, needs and shortcomings (so that they might challenge your own in a synchronised fashion) just doesnt have the ability to get through to them like a good old fashioned life changing experience. the kind that you mostly hear about in films with religious converts in prison. There is an answer to the LSD query that falls into the cliche of the meaning of life but in understanding that frame of affairs we are giving up our need to exist (and to take lsd.) its all a rewarding and limitless experience through an infinite tapistry with no good reason to fully understand it. but just between you and me. I would totally love it if somthing clicked from my experience today and I could use it to my advantage to shape other peoples points of view into challenging themselves in a positive and constructive way. I am sure very little of that will make any sense to anyone but you have all challenged my routine of thought so I will repay the favour regardless.

dave - 2011-10-28 21:02:31

i just want love, i think we all just lost something along the way. Thats all i want is to be loved by another human-being. Marry a nice girl and live my life until i die. We dont need drugs people.. We never will know until it happens. Thats the truth. If our brain is like a computer, then once its off its off.

Arius - 2011-11-20 21:00:09

In retrospect I see only the the same shortcomings that beleaguered the human experience since history was recorded. LSD was seen as a panacea for the problems of the human condition. Unfortunately, people of every age possessed some form of luminary wisdom/knowledge that appeared to address those questions that plagued us and still plague us. LSD, psychedelics, music, a "new culture" and the baby boomer generation (George Carlin was right about baby-boomers) combined to reject intellectualism and rationalism to opt for intuitive answers for complex issues facing both self and society. Today I see the same people belonging to mega-churches, calling themselves "Pro-Life," presenting themselves as "Born-Again Christians," and calling for the death of Muslims, ending public assistance for the poor, and focusing on the almighty and illusive ideal of rugged individualism. I see radical atomization of society and a group of "individuals" who are undermining society on a greater scale than all the hippies and acid were ever supposed to accomplish. I am well aware of the same platitudes expressed by the naysayers of psychedelics exponents. They unfortunately, miss the target on the barn, the barn, and in fact the whole damn farm. Scapegoating hippies and acid heads for not "solving the problems of their times" continues the same sappy line of thinking presented by many hippies and acid heads. It's a position of arrogance for one generation to simply look back on the previous generation and castigate their objectives, methods and failed outcomes. I was roundly criticized for saying this in 1967 and I have been roundly criticized for saying the same thing with the current generation of geniuses who fade with the passing with every moment. Rather than living in the American conservative and jingoistic blur for greed enterprise I am glad I took limited numbers of psychedelics. They did open doors. Fortunately these doors led to Father Thomas Merton and other deeply religious people who shared their concern and compassion for our role as actors in relation to one another. The true subversion to the mantra of a world and nation seemingly bent on embracing every evil from pride to the glorification of greed that Milton Freedman babbled over the course of the the last five decades. Although the grotesque abuses of Protestant Evangelical Christianity plays itself into a final climax, it is interesting to see what may come next. Apparently the Rick Perrys, Michelle Bachmans, and the Rush Limbaughs of the world have provoked an opposing dialectic. Secularism and anti-religious sentiments have arose quite alarmingly in the past few years. At this point I am willing to either drop some of the sensational new acid that hit the streets of Houston or I will be headed to meet with my brothers and sisters who embrace Christian Orthodoxy and who practice community, humility, charity, moderation, and love. May St. Francis and Martin Luther pray for us all.

Pudding - 2011-11-24 02:11:25

Anonymous - 2008-08-04 14:47:12 hit the hammer on the nail there thomas. balls in your court

Crackbaby - 2011-12-01 16:10:44

Haha screw you guys. Acting like acid is some heroin or meth (ie evil) drug. I've taken acid at least 20 times and I'm a third-year biopsych major in college. LSD is by far my favorite drug and I've tried nearly every genre of drug. Literally. LSD gives you insane mental clarity (that "classic" psychedelics like shrooms and peyote lack, as well as newer ones like that ecstasy crap) and makes you think not just about systems but meta-systems, your own behavior patterns, evolutionary purposes of your cognition, even really deep philosophical stuff like social enculturation and whatnot, how it even affects our smallest normative thought processes and whatnot. LSD makes it easy to take a more direct edge to thinking about the "big" questions (what is the point of it all, what is my place on this earth, how do other people see me through their eyes, how well am i doing right now in life, etc) like a knife through butter instead of a plastic spoon through wool. Brutal honesty and crazy connections of logic is what helps you with this. Not that every revelation everyone has had on LSD is true, but it can show you the inner workings of your subconscious and why you are the way you are, similarly why the world is how it is. But all you people who have never even smoked weed, well good luck understanding a fully different MODE of consciousness. it's like trying to explain human life to a dog. or a tesseract to a blind person. Not going to work. Once you're there it's not like you fully understand the state(s) either. I've experimented with countless various psychedelics and they really teach you a lot about the inner functions of your mind from many, many, many different angles. By FAR the most intellectual drug is acid though. and sometimes spiritual if you like that kind of thing, that's more peyote and whatnot. Go drop acid NOW

Bren - 2011-12-11 12:06:34
Sounds Like "Thomas" wasnt getting enough mic for his buck if you ask me. id love to thumbprint him
forthequarry - 2011-12-16 12:33:43

Thought is something attained by perception, to change your perception is to transitively manipulate your thoughts. however, this can never be successful without first basking in your own thought; to gain experience through a normal course. thereby viewing a change in perception subjectively. having an unbendable mind is the mean; turn on, tune in, drop out.

Hitchhiker chained to college - 2011-12-20 13:32:36
I'm an experiencialist. I think that the more experiences one person has, and the more varied they are,the more a person is exposed to new ideas, ways of acting believing, figuring a problem out,the more a person can withdraw from his next experience, and makes more intellectual connections,that leads to a better understanding of everything in his universe.Like reading a book,traveling, talking to a diferent person, doing a diferent job,doing a thing diferently or using lsd. Of course there are boundaries for the optimisation of the experiencialism of my life(not try to shoot myself, or not to repeat an experience over and over until it's drenched in no time.) And LSD is fascinating in a way that induces me with crazy new experiences and perceptions every-time, and new insights and diferent ways to look at "reality", making me a betterwiser person.
Croma - 2011-12-25 08:02:28

@ danm - 2009-05-05 11:37:50 - love your story, explains a wide variety of insights that can be gained. I relate to the empathy you must have been able to gain for your patients and how you must have really tried to understand there perspective, however warped it must have been (or society believe it to be). I want to touch on some things noone else has mentioned, although this is quite long: To those who note all the quotes are from dead people: None of these people died from LSD, and many died quite old. Hoffman was 102. To supporters of Hunter S. Thompson - you do realize he was a misogynist racist prejudice womanizing drug addict who committed suicide right? He also had an extremely cynical view of society because he ran for public office in Colorado (with a peyote button as his logo no less) and failed, thus letting his dream of an idealized America where the everyman can succeed die. Hunter was a former hippie - he just gave up on the dream. To bashers of Bill Hicks - you do realize he was a satirical comedian right? He wasn't stating that realization about "one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively" as a universal truth, just an example of what one person may experience. BTW - that statement is completely understandable; for example, if you are a Christian and believe you are connected to God and have a soul, then technically you are connected to a higher consciousness that is experiencing itself (humans created in God's image) subjectively through its creation's imperfect actions. Oh, and the statement "matter is just energy reduced to a slow vibration" - completely valid in terms of basic science we learned in grade school (solids are actually atoms in motion moving very slowly) and further developed through Quantum Physics. As for my personal beliefs, everyone will have a somewhat unique experience based on their life, experiences, and pure random chance. Once, it rained from the ceiling on my girlfriend and I indoors. We had left the shower on for so long making soap bubbles and watching the rainbows swirl inside them, water condensed on the ceiling and began to drop on us like actual rain. It was magical and could never have been planned. Also, for some reason things seem to "work out" on acid and the universe provides you with what you need at the given time. I've had food given to me when I had no money, good friends show up unannounced when I was sad, help offered when I was lost somewhere, smiles and hugs from strangers, trully unexpected generosities of the cosmos. But as much as this seems linked to the experience, it should never be tested - try getting "miracled" into a concert for instance, and you may end up tripping in the parking lot. In terms of your body, LSD is not the only chemical at work, it releases other chemicals in your body like dopamine, seratonin, and adrenaline. It affects the frontal lobe of your brain (the intense realizations due to increased synapse or electrical pulses in your brain between your dendrites or nerve endings) as well as your nervous system (hence the odd prickly feeling or sensation of wetness on your body). De Ja Vu for instance is caused by your synapse misfiring in your brain, making you feel like you have been somewhere before when you are actually experiencing it for the first time, a possible explanation for some of the weird experiences during a trip. Circular logic is also a common experience, with seemingly unrelated topics forming branches to one another and coming full circle within a course of a conversation or thought process, as opposed to linear thinking upon one subject at a time. Perhaps this is also caused by the odd brain synapses. A doctor once suggest to a friend of mine who had a really intense trip and had to go to the hospital that acid actually sets up mirrors on your receptors that cause the nerves to fire signals back onto themselves, thus creating an increase in the percentage of brain activity an average human would use. This however doesn't always make someone a genius - consider autistic individuals who technically use a larger percentage of their brain than the average human, but cannot grasp the concept of money or social behaviors and mores. LSD is an effective catalyst for problem solving and creative thinking, such as how it aided scientists develop the concept of the double helix for mapping DNA. It has also has proven uses in pyschology for treating therapy patients. Timothy Leary was kicked out of Harvard for giving it to patients in controlled settings even though he had a measure of success. Some studies show up to 90% of prison inmates could be rehabilitated and made to feel a sense of remorse for their actions with similar treatment (not saying it would work for all of them though). There is also medical studies showing that psychedelics like LSD in a low dose prescription form are an effective treatment for cluster headaches. I have had many pyschedelic experiences on a number of chemicals many of you may never even have heard of. LSD was completely different from anything I could have expected. You will see yourself and the world in a way you never knew, and you will never be the same, for better or worse. I feel everyone is in complete control of how positive their experience is - if you are looking for something, you will likely find it. The thing that bothers me most is misinformation. Much of the paranoia about the substance is caused by propaganda and public opinion. Don't knock it unless you've tried it. I personally feel it is a rite of passage everyone should go through in their ADULT life. As a teenager, your identity is not fully formed and you should not mess with your perception until you are a little older. Many South American and Native America Indian tribes used hallucinogenics as an coming of age experience to help adolescents make that shift into adulthood. At the same time, someone who wants to try it must be prepared and do their research. Despite what anyone has said, this is NOT a party drug. I do think negative side effects can include recklessness potentially leading to physical harm, PTSD, or resurfacing of emotional trauma related to negative events in your life (abreaction) if unsupervised or unguided. In my experience the people who see it as just "getting high" are typically not very intelligent, and are already prone to abusing other heavy drugs already. I can't disagree more. Far from being a religious experience, LSD is definitely a life-changing experience. I have seen some people get scared of what they experienced and immediately try to forget it all and cling to Christianity and beg for forgiveness. I had the opposite effect - I saw organized religion as a form of social control (very different than personal spirituality). I also realized both positive and negative things about my personality, which allowed me the ability to make changes to my life that positively affected my self worth. I also have a better understanding of the world, universe, the cycle of life, and my place in it. I was able to draw so many connections between seemingly unrelated subjects, like physics, art, and spirituality. Hallucinogens are absolutely one of the most healing and mentally beneficial things I have ever done And yes I saw some very cool visuals. But that only provided me temporary enjoyment. The cognitive benefits will last me a lifetime. And I am not a failure. I am currently finishing a Dual degree in Music and Journalism and I have already had my first article published. I strongly believe hallucinogens helped me realize my potential. My quote contribution: "Doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life" -Steve Jobs (My guess for the other two was marrying his wife and having children - thoughts?)

llandtpoh - 2011-12-28 00:43:37
All the naysayers- leave your oranges and off you go.
Anon Anon - 2012-01-03 22:01:59
How interesting that all of these quotes are from white guys.
Alex Allan - 2012-01-14 23:57:21

some very good points. ive took acid once, with a large amount of other substances (Forest got the best of me) so i dont know the just plain lsd trip. but it changed me, changed how i look at everything in the world. i feel as though ive been somewhere where not many people have been. im a freshman in college and all the young people i see getting wasted and high on whatever. THEY DONT EVEN KNOW

lysergic love - 2012-02-15 14:38:09
@Croma: loved the story of the raining shower! i know what you mean when you mention the "magic" of LSD compared to, say, phenethylamines or cathinone analogs. i can also relate to the perception of "magical" coincidence, not only on, but related to LSD in general. ok i've gotta do background story time real quick! long story short, my (now former) stepdad is an underground EDM dj. i was a 17yo "roadie" basically at the time of this trip. i help drive the van-loads of "party supplies" including, but definitely not limited to mixing boards, amps, high-mid-bass speakers, speaker stands, fog machines, strobes, ect ect the whole show to the party. ok, now at the party in west virginia, there were 2 "crews" there, ours (stepdad, couple djs, me n friends), and the spanish/black gangster guys'. our equipment was going up under a huge circus tent, theirs under the pavillion, as it was a permitted "all night dance party in the public park" (str8 rave)
In a fur suit - 2012-02-19 02:10:57
Acid is the lazy persons express train to pseudo-enlightenment. Dont get me wrong, its fantastic for shaking you up and showing you the possibilities of reality. But you gotta get back there yourself. you gotta stop relying on external fix-alls. It was you all along.
Piltzintli - 2012-02-20 11:53:46
That the general class of psychedelics constitute some sort of 'shortcut to enlightenment,' is one of the more belabored and cliche arguments regarding their usage (whether for or against). Most people don't seem to realize that this particular idea really comes from Thomas Mann's rebuttal of Aldous Huxley's 'Doors of Perception;' Mann himself had little to no understanding of the nature of the ancient and indigenous use of plant psychedelics throughout history. Having myself studied directly the indigenous patterns of plant-psychedelic usage in the Amazon jungle, amongst the Northern American Indians of the NAC, as well as in the Mazatec tradition of Mexico, the idea that psychedelics in anyway constitute a 'shortcut to enlightenment,' is patently absurd. In terms of traditional patterns of plant-psychedelic usage, the road is anything but short and quite often fraught with danger on every side. The old peyote shaman Don Jose Matsuwa received his shamanic vocation after a farming accident took one of his arms; he lived to be over 110 years old ... shortcut my ass! It's actually a calling and a very challenging one at that. Furthermore, the idea of a 'shortcut to enlightenment' contains many subtle misconceptions about enlightenment in the first place; that enlightenment is something attained vs. realized, in the same way you climb a mountain to attain the peak. In the zen and dzogchen traditions of Buddhism, enlightenment is presented as already native to our nature. So, how could there be a shortcut to your present moment situation; you're already there in the first place! Keep in mind that traditional native cultures view these compounds and plants as being healing medicines; they can't afford things like health insurance.
Miles Monroe - 2012-03-01 13:57:06

"In a carefully prepared, loving LSD session, a woman will inevitably have several hundred orgasms." - Timothy Leary

AlwaysAlice - 2012-03-03 17:28:52
Being enlightened on acid is not a fucking joke. Maybe you didn't do enough. Take 30 hits and then try to tell me you don't understand. You can't try, you have to live within every second and just be. Allow yourself to delve into another version of reality and don't be frightened to think differently ;)
nick d - 2012-03-03 22:02:36
LSD is a key, but some people shouldn't open the door
R - 2012-03-11 03:02:24
You're ALL right. I love you, please don't argue. Some people do it for fun, some people abuse, some people seek enlightenment, some seek personal expansion. LSD just is, just about anything causes chemicals to release in your brain some more than others, they all have benefits and draw-backs, •This is life. So go and have a ball. Because the world don't move to the beat of just one drum. What might be right for you may not be right for some. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have...my opening statement. Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog. But let me finish by saying Acid is awesome...
someguy37 - 2012-03-21 16:58:43
@Here Ok, yes acid is a drug, and affects the mind. But since the beginning of man's existence, we have tried to understand the world around us because we can all agree on the fact that we have consciousness and seeing how everything works, life is very extraordinary. Yes, you could explain exactly what acid does to the brain but you can never predict the thoughts or the affects of it upon a persons reality and consciousness. If the drug did something to you that gave you a whole new perspective that you wouldn't have gotten without acid, then thats great, and you have acid to thank. But on the other side, acid is most certainly not the only way to a higher perspective or state of "enlightenment." You have to put acid in the same category of anything else that might stir your thoughts or give you new ideas. You cant just discredit it merely based on the fact that it is a drug. Ex: When one reads a book, your brains neurons begin to fire and this message gets sent to blah blah blah. Its stupid to merely explain the chemical process. When I Take a shit there is a chemical process going on as well.
lbc562 - 2012-03-29 21:55:46
hunter s knows whats up,
Garett - 2012-03-30 06:14:28

Justin Bieber's trip was the best: "Baby baby baby ohhh"

xphorm - 2012-03-30 06:19:56
#5, he said it all.
TK - 2012-04-03 12:14:01
There are treatment programs available using DMT to treat alcoholism that are doubling the long term national averages. There obviously is value which is why LSD is being reexamined to be used in psychotherapy. I miss my trips from my college days
Dan - 2012-04-09 09:34:16

In my opinion the LSD experience is unique. Each of this class of drugs is unique. They cannot replicate each other, and no amount of meditation or anything else will replicate any of them. Might you get to the same knowledge through multiple paths? Of course. And if any one of these things were a shortcut to some knowledge why would you take the long way round? Assuming it is bad or tainted because the route is faster is really quite luddite. Ultimately though the simple fact that these drugs produce a unique mental state and an experience like no other should be enough in itself. They don't need any further justification any more than riding a rollercoaster, taking a walk in a forest or sitting on one's porch watching the sun go down.

lololol - 2012-04-17 13:50:44
so i wana tell you gais about this crazzy ass acid tripz i had. okay here goes... In west Philadelphia born and raised On the playground is where I spent most of my days Chillin out, maxin, relaxing all cool, And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school When a couple of guys who were up to no good Started making trouble in my neighborhood I got in one lil fight and my mom got scared And said "You're moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air" I Begged and pleaded with her day after day, But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket I put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it [verse 3] First class yo this is bad Drinking orange juice out of a champaine glass Is this what the people of Bel-Air living like? Hmm this might be allright But wait I hear prissy, bourgeois and all that Is this the type of place they should send this cool cat I don't think so, I'll see when I get there I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air Well the plain landed and when I came out There was a dude that looked like a cop standing there with my name out I aint trying to get arrested yet I just got here I sprang with the quickness like lightning dissapeared I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said FRESH and it had dice in the mirror If anything I can say this cab was rare But I thought naw forget it yo homes to Bel-Air
flewbear - 2012-04-25 01:47:18
Acid opens a door into many realms, and it will definitely change you as a person whether you want it to or not. I began taking acid because I wanted to experience a new drug, and I wanted to have fun...use it to party basically. Acid has undoubtedly had a positive impact on my life. I feel that the personal change that accompanies the use of acid, for most people, is a beneficial change. The first time I ever took acid (just two hits of low strength acid) I experienced a lot of anxiety. This confused me because I had tripped on other psychedelics before, and had never had an unpleasant trip. A few tense acid trips later I discovered what the source of my anxiety was...I realized that I had slowly become a very unhappy person. During a particularly intense part of an acid trip I saw myself, as if through someone else's eyes, and I felt the pain I was causing myself, my family, and my friends. I saw the person I had become and I hated that person. I had become selfish, self-loathing, and I was wasting my life by taking a lot of drugs (not ones as beneficial as acid). I was in college at this time and after that day my perspective on life completely changed. I stopped taking drugs/smoking weed (acid included) so often, and I began to take more of an interest in my future and in school. I realized that some of my 'friends' were just as miserable as I had been and they were sort of dragging me down with them. I began to stay away from those people a lot more. I disliked the way my body looked because I had been a great athlete in high school but I let myself go, so I decided to get back in shape (and I still maintain a high level of physical fitness today). I stopped being so cynical and miserable all the time, and I remember feeling that this is what it must feel like to beat depression. I regained my love of life, or perhaps I found it for the first time ever. Drugs like acid (and psilocybin) can truly make you a better person. Not everyone who takes them will experience what I experienced. Acid (and psilocybin) is different for everyone, but it made me a FAR more open, loving, generous, and well-rounded person. My hope for you, reader, is that one day you might find yourself on a few hits of great acid, and maybe you'll lie down in the grass in the dead of night and look up through a clear sky at the stars. I hope that as you gaze through the vastness of the universe you see how every star and galaxy is just a little light suspended from invisible strings that hang from somewhere in infinity to just out of your reach. I want you to watch the sky change from black to magnificent shades of purple, red, and blue. I hope that you feel the cold dew against your skin, and if you're lucky maybe you'll feel the warmth of friendship at your side. I want you to hear the crickets chirp, and watch the stars twinkle like fireworks set off a universe away. Maybe you'll realize that at that moment you are the luckiest person in the world, just to be alive, just to look up into infinity and wonder.
Anonymous - 2012-04-26 21:14:31
What you get out of the experience is entirely down to the way you approach it in the first place, how you think and behave during, and what you do with the experience once you've had it. I don't believe that drugs can send me into another dimension to communicate with aliens, or by taking drugs and radiating good vibes I'll change the world, or that by getting fucked up a lot I'll reach true peace. However, neither do I agree with the equally zealous idiots who think that heroin=cocaine=marijuana=lsd=drugs are bad m'kay? that is as lacking in critical thought as the other end of the spectrum. The very first thing that jumps to mind is that psychedelic drugs adapt to the way they are used to an extent ridiculously greater than any other kind of drug. They can be used for fun, for spirituality, for insight or creativity. It depends who by and how. If you use the drugs in a particular way, you're able to rediscover (with fresher eyes so to speak) and reinterpret your own existence. This means for example that using the substances carefully can lead you to an enormously increased appreciation and reverence for the natural beauty of being alive, for you to put more focus on fundamentally important parts of life like being kind open and within reason compassionate, rather than constantly trying to put yourself above other people and attaching to the vast quantities of poisonous cow manure we're exposed to every day through the consumerist media (for example). Sure it's just brain chemistry, but then so is every feeling thought and emotion you have ever and will ever have. Paradoxical as it may seem, the drugs if used in a specific way can bring you more down to earth to what is important in life, rather than living a "life on Mars" on the beaten track.
Anonymous - 2012-05-09 15:44:15

yo the dude above me is 100 percent right, y'all should read that first sentence, hit the nail right on the head man.

It doesn't really matter - 2012-06-15 14:40:56

Doctor Albert Hofmanns quote I think is the most significant. All I can say is read it again.

Å - 2012-06-19 04:35:19

LSD is both safer and easier on the body than vitamin C. It's also a serotonin agonist - meaning it does not chemically turn off, suppress, or inhibit any part of ones natural metabolism. What it is- Is a more efficient neurotransmitter than the serotonin we were born with. If that weren't true- it would either be an inactive compound, deadly poisonous, or called an SSRI (deadly poison / antagonist). Yes your "neurons will fire differently." - this is precisely how and why classic hallucinogens irradicate OCD's and other behavioral problems - which are just tightly wound patterns of thought - caused by the same neurons firing in the same order, the same way. I think of it like water carving it's way through a canyon- that's how the human brain is with though and action- keep doing it over and over- and the paths and valleys get carved deeper and deeper. Sometimes they serve one well- sometimes they do not. This molecule is a stunning way to "reset" those poor-serving patterns - like shaking an etch-a-sketch to start over. LSD in itself is absolutely not a dangerous compound. And lumping it with any other drug is blind ignorance. Sure it can be used as a "method of escape" - the same can be said for someone with fast food and television. Balance and moderation is the key to everything. Now why is it illegal? 1. Terence McKenna is right about why - and 2. its illegal because of the established industries that exist today that it would & could irradicate: 12 step AA programs, months or years of psychotherapy with a 6 figure earning doctor, and the multi billion dollar antidepressant industry grout to you by big pharma. All of these things could be replaced by one, 12 hour session... And well I suppose to some people- that is dangerous to those with vested interest in the ongoing game.. Remember- there is no profit in the cure.

blargo - 2012-06-24 20:51:19

"Drop acid, drink wine, sit on a rock." 1969, Yosemite. I'd lost a carpenter job and so rode my tiny motorbike out to Yosemite. In those days you didn't need no steenking permit to crash in a campground. Around 11 PM, half asleep, a station wagon with a family rolled in, starts setting up for the night. They noticed the hairy gargoyle perched on a large boulder around the same time I did. He sat silent for a minute, then croaked "drop acid, drink wine, sit on a rock." The family packed up and sped off. I got out of my sleeping bag and joined him atop the rock. "I'm Blargo," I said. "Rasty Motherfucker," he replied, sharing his jug of Annie Greensprings wine. "Why do they call you that?" "'Cause I'm a rasty motherfucker." And so he was. I had a good week at Yosemite, then went back to Mountain View and found another job building apartments. That was the week that Zig Zag rolling papers in the park store went from a nickel a pack to a quarter, then up. Summer of 1969.

The egyptian flow. - 2012-07-02 21:18:19

All I know is that I was with a separate human being, mentioned nothing about what I was seeing, and I watched the most intricate seemingly-egyptian visions dance all over my walls. I then guessed that the egyptian culture was centered around this experience, my theory was that what I was seeing, is also what they saw...and they ran with it, designed their culture around it. So I started researching the egyptians after that...there is no doubt that they were doing mushrooms. The other person I was with, after the trip was over, I asked them what they saw...they told me they saw guys with alligator heads walking sideways across the wall....hmmmmmmmm Isn't that what they were drawing on the inside of the pyramids? Isn't there an egyptian god that has an alligator head? So your to tell me, this guy just happens to be seeing egyptian visions, at the same time I am, same room, same wall, neither party informed the other while it was happening, both on the same mushrooms. Words can't explain it. This kind of stuff happens. Synchronicity they call it. There is indeed a mystery and nobody knows the answer, but there is definitely something more to it all.

Madcap - 2012-07-04 21:54:26

Possible is probably most correct to my experience of LSD. I fell in love for the first time and I started doing acid heavily and it felt like a fairy tale, mushrooms gave me the same feeling that you were really capable of what you saw in your third eye. For me it's still an ongoing process. Needless to say, im single now. For me personally, LSD. makes me crazy

Anonymous - 2012-08-06 13:08:12

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. Many of the conclusions people have come to on Acid, at least that I've read, I came to quite naturally all on my own through quiet thought and meditation. I prefer it this way I suppose. For me the path getting there is just as valuable as the information itself. LSD might be an enlightening experience, but it is not my enlightening experience. Just as God is not everyone's enlightening experience, but I have known some truly enlightened individuals who lived a Christian life. And just as there are people who blindly follow and hide behind some religious organization, there are people who use acid in the same manner (the ones Hunter S. Thompson was talking about). If it helps you lead a better, more knowledgeable life, that's fine. If you think it's just good fun, that's fine too. If you don't want to do it or don't believe in it, that's perfectly alright. The only point where you all get silly is when you decide argue about it. You have a blink of an eye in time to live your life. Don't waste your time butting heads up against each other.

gb - 2012-08-15 15:50:07

wow, Paisley..................again

NoRes - 2012-08-26 15:34:18

i had tried acid a couple times when i was younger and had fun..... now im 22 and i was surely on the path to ending my own life. Everyday was a struggle just to live. Then recently i started to used LSD from time to time, now i couldent imagine committing suicide and dropping out of this magical journey called life....... Say what you will about acid but i truly believe it saved my life

Peacefrog - 2012-08-28 10:58:00

If enlightenment is about seeing things clearly then surely tripping is an enlightenment of sorts? I had never truly seen a flower in all it's beauty until I spent, what felt like hours, staring at it and appreciating the amazing complexity of the simple flower and nature iUn all it's glory! I don't use hallucinogens often but when I do I always emerge richer from the experience. Unlike alcohol, it's not a hangover and regret that awaits you on the other side, it's an eye opener and an expanded consciousness if you choose to accept the adventure. I choose an expansive and embracing life, in my head, my heart, my body, and my soul. Whatever gives you wings...:)

northierthanthou.com - 2012-08-31 21:51:11

Love the Thompson quote.

Anonymous - 2012-09-01 08:37:31

Trippin is fun

Some guy - 2012-09-04 01:31:22

Acid is a drug. Drugs make you think and feel differently. Sometimes it's good sometimes it's bad. Sometimes you come up with brilliant abstract ideas that have never been thought of before and could possibly change the world forever. Other times you decide that the only way to find peace with the world is to burn a bunch of houses down and you end up on the news. Of course there's always the dude who just wants to get high.

Anonymous - 2012-09-20 15:42:58

All this debate over whether it's enlightenment or just a drug induced delusion... Of course it's a drug induced illusion! So is sober reality! Everything we experience is our brains subjective interpretation of what's going on. At the fundamental level we are nothing more than a highly complex interaction of energy. Solid matter and color and all we're used to seeing and experiencing is only our brains processing the interaction of forces into something tangible. And that's what makes acid enlightening. It's not because it fills you up with secret truths. It's because it takes this idea that "all I know is that I know nothing" and it unfolds it into a comprehensive and highly immersive experience. Anyone who just says "eh it's a good high" is either not taking enough or in denial. A good acid trip should leave your reality totally shattered. If that's not enough try dmt.

Ron. - 2012-09-21 08:21:22

Anita, WELCOME TO MY WORLD, spot on.

JesusF'nChrist. - 2012-09-23 02:18:22

Meh. Never gonna change a person truly on a comment thread. We all must find our own answers. Acid served it's purpose. It was stone dropping in the pond that continues to send out ripples, more and more people are searching for deeper connection to life, and it has been the trigger for many millions quite probably. That is a beautiful thing. Some people chase it for the fuck up, some to unfuck themselves up, some abandon ship somewhere before they hit harbor

egone - 2012-10-06 15:05:45

please don't sleep me, i'm awake...

samm hain - 2012-10-06 22:27:35

ever since the reincarnation of Jesus gave me some lsd 25 i have tapped into the one conscionsness there is nothing i cannot do nothing i cannot see. life has been like a video game to me iv had my head blown off by an explosion ive been hit by a car but every time i die i go back to that knight like its a friggin save spot. has anyone else out there seen the same visions of thousands of alien ships fill the sky with 64 light blue lights on the side and a big beam from the bottom i know its comming soon so if you have any info contact me at richard9976@hotmail.com

Foo Ling Yu - 2012-10-07 04:34:15

Reality is for people who can't handle drugs.

the cardiff giant - 2012-10-07 12:17:03

The interesting thing about psychedelics is that they create this illusion that really no other drug does. Unlike any other drugs; The thoughts, emotions, and experiences created by pyschedics such as LSD are often perceieved as truth and reality. The things we do on other drugs are quickly dismissed concocting self protecting statements like "oh it was just the alcohol talking I ddint really mean that". Perhaps its the lack of a hangover or the intensified memory of vivid trips that cause us to not dismissed what the drug has "shown" us. Lack of understanding has always caused humans to put a spiritual twist on things in order to have some sort of grasp on them. When we didnt understand the stars the greeks would create myths about patterns and constellations that appeared as gods. So with a lack of understanding on how these drugs really work it's only natural for us to attribute their effects as being a very spiritual experience. Another big part of psychedelics is that while "tripping" everything seems to have a subliminal meaning to it, we get the idea that there's more to everything than meets the eyes. This I believe helps to create an illusion about the drugs themselves, causing us to believe that they are more than they really are. This along with our lack of understanding, which is converted into a spiritual notion, causes us to fall into the illusion that these chemicals are essentially the key for turning us into better people or the real us. That being said, ultimately all the matters is growth. If the use of pyschedelics helps you grow into being the best person you can be than im all for it. For me, my addictive personality and poor approach to the drugs caused me to become very selfish and eventually I said "fuck you everybody id rather just explore my mind". Just dont fall into the illusion that these pyschedelics are nothing more than drugs and any higher relevancy placed on them is just due to a lack of understanding.

pike - 2012-10-10 01:33:27

ok so theres alot of comments here. who knows how many of them people really read... what i have read from the quotes and comments and from my own experiences with lsd and other mind altering things is that one thing wasent mentioned. there are the comments of the people saying lsd is just a drug that gets u high and the comments of lsd can be used as a tool. well in my case, i use lsd as a tool,yes but not to find answers of life and so on.. thats just asking for trouble.but you can use lsd for helping you in your own life in this reality.FOR REAL.lsd can be used to show u how you can become anything in life and how to do it. I SWEAR. LSD can help you understand the reality we live in every day way better. you can become more aware of yourself which can help you with relationships with others,with work,living day by day stress free and so on. if your ego says i want to play the guitar and become famous with it, you might never become famous with it or good with it. If you realize to just live and do,your energy is more pure and your more able to succeed..if you get what im saying.when your out playing music for fun with friends thats when people will ask for cps and really be attracted to you.it when your not trying to do something with what ever your doing when it works.If you do what you want to in your life and just do,it will work. if you a expectation it could work but not the same way.its the law of attraction and going with he flow and living day by day.lsd is a tool and can be recreationally fun aswell. do what you wanna do in life.

Decator - 2012-10-22 02:31:53

and with a star in my eye, i greet thee; infinity!

Shay - 2012-10-28 11:08:39

I have spent many years of my life enjoying the search. The finest mescaline, shrooms, and LSD i could find. The feelings i felt and fun i had and the rush were one of a kind. But i have found true understanding of myself and as much understanding of existence that i believe i am meant to attain solely through meditation with no substances. It is a more disciplined road to travel, but my opinion is that it is the right one for me. LSD opens doors and shows us things; things that are already in us. Most of us are so disconnected from the world, even the cosmos, that we need that "quick fix". I do not put down people who defend the prospects of taking acid, i only say that we can reach more tangible heights without it.

Jon J. - 2012-11-04 15:45:33

The fact that there isn't one woman on this list pretty much sums it up.

Kuka - 2012-11-06 07:43:09

I´ve stumble upon this page and when checking all the comments I saw the last comment. And though I wasn´t going to write anything, I couldn´t help myself, given I´m a women. I´ve not only tried some of the drugs above described as I´ve studied the subculture within my professional course. One (maybe repeated) thought: everyone is right and everyone is wrong. 1) Drugs have existed throughout humanity; 2) The way society deals with them has much to do with specific culturas and time; 3) Even though it´s been associated with religion historically it has been also associated with pleasure and 4) pleasure for pleasure it´s not seen as a "benefic" thing in our current society (because it goes against the todays cultural values and norms - which on the other hand have come greatly from religion - specificaaly cristianity and judaism in ocidental cultures. [sorry this turned out to be more than one or two thoughts, but its difficult to sum it up] So the reason why alchool is acessible in most ocidental countries and marijuana is so frawned upon has much less to do with public health and much more to do with the way society views the drugs (by the way, there is no death directly associated to health caused by marijuana, while around the world cirroses (due to alchool consumption) and other hillnesses kill millions everyday - even pulmonary cancer is much moe associated with tabaco). This being said; drugs feel good and I do believe in freedoom (as long as it don´t interfere with another persons freedoom. You can either encapsulate your drug habits within some religious experience (giving it a special meaning) or just assume your having fun - both are good motives. Finally, I do not consume ilegal drugs anymore, because I (personally) felt I was losing more than I was gaining with the experience - because ultimatly if it can give you a lot it also inteferes with you cognitive thinking and you loose some things to. PS: please do not comment on the english - it´s petty given I´m not a native speaker

Jay - 2012-11-21 04:55:13

When you go to the store sober, you think about 1/10 of the things you see. Maybe you'll debate the merits of a Mt. Dew versus a bottle of water. Maybe you'll even have a broad-lens thought about how funny it is that your culture has a cooler dedicated to the products of only one company. These thoughts may build up slightly until you get to the cash register, at which you will most likely engage the cashier in casual small talk or merely the courtesies of, "$5. All right. Your change. Thanks. Need a bag? Nope! See you later." Then you will walk out without much more thought, your brain already aligning itself to your future daily endeavors. When you go to the store on acid, you're like fuuuuuuck duuuude. No filter! You first perceive all the active animal/humans, analyze their behavior and potential thought patterns, analyze the layout of the stores, which aisles have which products. Then you'll compile all this data, simultaneously modifying your behavior to seem "socially normal" and not overwhelmed by the blatant and rude way which a customer is chatting up a cashier while she is obviously grieving or at least stressed-out AND processing which products you have come to buy or at least inspect and see if they have any new products and you'll also probably re-evaluate whether or not you really REALLY need to drink soda ever again. You might inwardly shed a tear that so many people waste their body on junk food and alcohol, but then you'll probably get really excited at that one snack that you love (and will have difficulty eating later). By the time you get to the cash register, the cashier will be wary, humored, nervous, intrigued or a combination thereof, because you will be sweating from how much information you just parsed. I won't even go into the interpersonal interaction, needless to say, you won't be able to ignore details you wouldn't even have noticed sober. Run on sentence, fuck you. However, if you did read all this, this is why acid is awesome and difficult. Situation is key. And to whomever said that acidheads just use vague terminology to describe seemingly subjective, irrelevant non-sequiteurs, maybe you really do need to broaden your perspective. There is nothing more definite and unavoidable than acid. Also, dead sober right now bbs

JC - 2012-11-27 00:50:32

I can't wait for all of you hippies to die off.

myself - 2012-11-28 11:07:55

just dropped in to see what my condition was in...Alice had it right....one pill make you larger and one makes you small...am I part of the Matrix?....how can I think outside the box when they won't let me out of it....

bree ba ba ree - 2012-12-03 07:11:23

What i feel sad for is all you logic freaks who think you know what reality is because you have thought about it for some period of time. Then you try to say such and such is stupid because it does not concur with logic. Therefor you can fit it in your box of reasoning and feel confortable. People make fun of hippies but can you honestly feel apart of this degenerate generation? I have not once felt part of any movement. Especially when the times call for such. While bankers rob us blind and have the media preach us lies.

Kiara - 2012-12-12 08:52:24

that is some inspiring stuff and should be remembered forever and so should those people.

Singo - 2012-12-14 10:48:14

See L. Ron Hubbard's 'LSD, years they have come off of' Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, of 1977, which can be found in any Scientology Red "tech" Volume, for some great quotes on the dangers of LSD.

help - 2012-12-26 19:50:40

i think i'm trapped in a parallel universe

Paul Jacobs - 2013-01-27 04:00:54

I was always a spectator on LSD, but weed consumed me. Unfortunately, you can't trip every other day for months on end and expect no repercussions. You might end up with a severe psychosis issue. I'd say if you are going to do it then fly twice and ground yourself for a few months.

Rob - 2013-02-24 02:12:53

It gives you perspective and encourages you to actually look around at this magical world that we view as mundane. Just don't assume anything, nobody has any idea what is going on. It's just happening.

Jude - 2013-03-03 14:36:45

I'm not personally for LSD, but these quotes are actually quite interesting because 1. they help me better understand the mindset of someone who takes stuff like this, and 2. you can look at them and think, "Hmm, their speakers were talking about LSD, but is there anything in those statements that one could apply to things other than the chemically-induced states of consciousness that LSD brings? Like meditation or maybe even just thinking about things differently. I wonder if there's another way to do it." (And what's odd is that I've tried to do things - like meditating, something somewhat like self-hypnosis that I figured out on my own - and I've achieved effects on my mind somewhat like what these guys are describing. It's quite odd and quite interesting.) tl;dr - It's interesting to read this stuff and think, "So that's what people are trying to do. I wonder if there's another way to do it."

Matt - 2013-03-11 14:30:22

Hey Thomas have you ever done DMT? To say that you can not have a enlightening experience through using psychidelics is ignorant sir. Since the begging of time medicine men, and tribes all over the world have used magic mushrooms to help kick off the process of finding true enlightenment/ inner peace.

Misplaced my mind - 2013-03-22 00:13:02

I dropped acid for about the 8th or 9th time about a month ago. It started off great. It was really good quality LSD. Two other friends and I started off at one of the friends apartment. His roommate didn't want us tripping there so we went to a different apartment. By the time we left to make our way down there I started to lose my mind a little bit. It was like I was in my dream. I only remember the beginning though. By the time we got to the other apartment I started to go crazy. All I remember was I thought one of the friends either got severely injured or killed and I was running around outside yelling his name in the middle of the night. Then I looked at my car and thought it was his and was supposed to move it so I peel out and rev the shit out of it. I dont remember where I drove it. I was told I just parked it at the gas station right next to the apartments. About that time a neighbor called the police cause I was disturbing the peace. Well the police showed up and I realized, oh shit i'm on a drug, better run away to stay out of trouble. I had no idea why they were after me or even what drug I was on. Basically I just ran around the parking lot with 5 or 6 cops trying to arrest me and I kept resisting. I never tried to fight them or hurt them, just get away. I don't remember any part of this. I only remember a few thoughts I had when I was at the 2nd apartment. And I remember what it feels like to be tazed with the tazer turned all the way up. Plus I was on LSD so I was even more sensitive. Worst pain of my life. And I have a high pain tolerance haha. The first 2 times I was tazed I fell down and got right back up and kept trying to get away. I think one of the times I hit my head cause there was a small pool of blood on the street. The third time I was tazed I fell right on my head and went unconscious and bled out a large pool of blood. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and went straight to the hospital. My brain bled and swelled. And I gotta say, fuck the police. I went crazy and only disturbed the peace and they accidentally injured me so severely I could've been permanently brain damaged because they were trying to be so forceful. Sorry, I couldn't control myself. Every other time I tripped I was completely normal in actual reality. Not my dream/imagination reality. So I never thought I would go that crazy. Plus it was 1.5 tabs. Every other time I took 2 and one time 6. No problems. Anyways the brain injury is a Subdural Hematoma if you want to look it up and get more info. I dont remember a single thing from the first week and a half after I got hurt. Then after about 3 weeks I was basically back to normal but it will still take 6 months to a year to heal completely. I lost my job, had to drop out of college, and lost my license all cause of the brain injury. Then in about a month or so I'll go to court and get in legal trouble. Mostly for dropping acid. I won't get in trouble for resisting because I was on acid so only the acid will get me in trouble I think. I got really lucky. Most brain injuries this bad have much more effects and cause much more problems than I suffered. When I started to remember each day it was almost like I was coming down off my trip. I still hallucinated very slightly and could stare off and empty my thoughts but not so much anymore. I feel like myself again. Only difference is I'm grateful for my life and all my family, relatives and close friends. I'm in a much better mood overall. I'm almost thankful for what happened. As I healed up back to my normal self it felt like being reborn. I get the same feeling after sobering up after an acid trip but it usually only lasts a day or two. This feeling is stuck with me and even after all that I'm in a fairly consistent good mood and will hopefully remain this way. I just feel much more thankful for everything overall. The only thing I really feel bad for is how terrified my family was for the first few days after the injury cause the doctors really didn't know how bad it was and how much I will heal. The night it happened they had to drill a hole in my skull and put a pressure sensor in it. If my brain swelled up too much they would've had to cut out a section of my skull to relieve the pressure then put it back in a few months later so I'm really lucky. Well lucky mostly cause I'll heal back almost completely. But it's also really unlucky and fucked up. And also I just found out today I guess I was terrified half the time. My friend told me I would be looking for something then look over to my left and have the shit scared out of me, even my facial expression showed complete fear, then I would sprint as fast as I could to the right haha. This I remember nothing about. That's most of the story. I don't plan on doing any psychedelics again. I'm in a better state of mind now, more than any drug has ever put me in or helped me out. It's a crazy messed up night but now I feel so much more grateful and concerned about life's important matters and not just myself and my mental journeys. I'll go through the final mental journey at my death and discover where consciousness goes on from there and for now we will never know

Anonymous - 2013-03-22 23:52:45

Its a shame we don't have a woman's perspective here.

Philosophy for moderns - 2013-03-24 16:56:11

Fist note for those experimenting with LSD or are about too etc the present day batch made home cooked or Mexican cartel versions of the drug are NOT the same as those produced in copious amounts by our army for the purposes of experimentation ie purple microdot artificial phasalisiden expiraments The current is bonded with stricknine A POISON it increases the hemeraging of the brain If you are going to use modern LSD under NO circumstances should you double down to continue your peak etc. at most to offset major long term euphoric effects wait at least AT LEAST 30 days before deciding to take the modern form. Many MANY leading intilectuals of the philosophical/scientific community in the 50s participated in experiments led by the military and are to this day strictly need to know confidential etc as a truth telling serum useless as a mind control substance Powerful! A mild dose afte the 100 electro shocks mixed with a form of high grade Valium can create a perfect assassin I am John lemon I am Jesus Christ find another example of this form of assissation attempt or success with another high profile public personality occurring before the mid 20 th century and ill be made a lire all attempts prior have had political or religious beliefs John wilks both did not scream I am the real Lincoln nor did Brutus claim he was his own iligetimate father when slaying him etc the only example of a pure physocodic episode causing assignation would be the mayor of Chicago in the late 19 th however Pendergast was a rambling lunatic who was mad about something politically arbitrary if I remember right just wanted to throw that one out because it doesn't count in my book because Pendergast didn't claim to Be the mayor lol

Steve - 2013-03-26 12:24:34

Acid is the same as any other drug; A lack of moderation is dangerous. All I know is that my first hit of acid came at a low point in my life, and I got a little better for the doors I opened in that trip. A few hits and a couple years later, and I feel like a new person. I'm happier, I'm more open about my feelings, I do not get stressed the way I once did, and I feel at one with myself. For the first time since I was a child I am truly happy, and most of my changes in perception came from things I taught myself while on acid.

Love Shines Down - 2013-04-01 18:46:38

LSD may or may not help lead one to enlightenment, for there are many paths to the same destination. Its the same with meditation it brings different people different things and to dismiss another because you have experienced it differently is to arrogantly presume you are the one who is right. LSD is not for every one but please if you have never tried it don't tell us we are wrong in our views of what we experienced. Its like an astronaut coming back from the moon and being told they are wrong when they say what the surface felt like by someone who has never stepped foot on it. I believe we live in an infinite existence with infinite possibilities and are only at the very beginning of our evolutionary journey and until we have a grown up discussion and research into this chemical, most of what we say is just guess work. No one can be right or wrong when we have seen only the tip of the iceberg and to assume other wise is just your opinion. But what I have read is Francis Crick discovered DNA with the help of LSD, Steve Jobs named it in the top 3 most important experiences of his life, Kary Mullis Nobel prize winner in chemistry said he 'took plenty of LSD" In the sixties and seventies, going so far as to call his "mind-opening" experimentation with psychedelics "much more important than any courses [he] ever took.'and also 'What if I had not taken LSD ever; would I have still invented PCR?" To which he replied, "I don't know. I doubt it. I seriously doubt it." Also Bill Gates took it in his youth. Not to mention some of the greatest music made(in my opinion)inspired by it. And this is just to name but a few, so if you don't think LSD can offer something of value I would suggest you have not done your homework. Psychedelics are of great value to those who are open to the experience and we as a society must start acknowledging this. As seen in the animal kingdom it is a natural drive for animals to seek out consciousness changing experiences, to deny this is to deny our curious nature.

Linda Suzanne Diemer - 2013-04-14 09:07:57

My initials are LSD and I have taken the drug many times. All I can say is both are a trip!

Anonymous - 2013-04-15 10:58:14

Thomas - 2008-07-17 14:47:11 There IS more than firing neurons about human's mind, and LSD's no worse than some meditation or spiritual practices, because spirit doesn't exist. I feel like you're trying to say: "my god's better than yours!".

possibly you yourself - 2013-04-18 09:37:21

@Anonymous - 2013-04-15 10:58:14 Just the fact that we're able to make sense of these carved pixels on this page on a span of 5 years, by having you reply to a thought of a person, manifested as LED lights on a screen, which creates "carvings" which together form words, then meanings, then feelings and states of minds with which you can argue, is fucking mind-blowing. You don't need to drop acid for that to happen or to experience it, but to truly realise the wonder of it, you may have to.

Anonymous again - 2013-04-22 06:16:10

Any experience can be enlightening or insightful, or cause a revelation. These experiences always come from connecting the same dots in new ways, but connecting the same dots in new ways won't always result in insights, revelation, or enlightenment. It seems to me that drugs like LSD limber up the mind, make it easier for you to connect dots in new ways, and it amplifies the hell out of the experience. As others throughout this thread(thing?) have said, the same with everything else in life, you get from the experience what you take from, or make from the experience. LSD use in and of itself guarantees nothing. People go on about it so much because it has lots of potential. I think the failure (to use Hunter S. Thompson's word) of those that get lost in metaphysics, emotional arguments, pseudoscience and spiritual pride reflect badly on other users. All conscious experience is electrochemical activity in the brain, that doesn't degrade experience, it upgrades electrochemical activity. Someone asked what "we're all the same consciousness experiencing itself subjectively" could possibly mean. I'll have a go at answering that rationally. First have a really long think about what you are (asking "who" is already a loaded question). I'd argue that identity comes down to the unique way your nervous system is organizing itself because of experience. It is unique because of circumstance/context (genes and experience govern decision, which governs future experience somewhat), under other circumstances I'd be you. Next step, all things exist in context, including us, and ultimately the only context is that of everything (there are distinctions, not separations). So everything that we are is context, the same context of everything, but from subjective points of view. So in a sense, there is only one subject, I already am you, and you are me. This is because "what is essence in me and essence in you is one" (to quote Richard Alpert/Ram Dass). You can tell I'm not developing these ideas as much as would be desirable, I'm sorry about that, it's a very big idea and I feel like the internet isn't the place. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater though, try the idea on. It's easier to say we're all the same consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, but if you do it's easier to label it as a loony idea. At any rate, that's my interpretation. Lets learn from each other :)

Zach - 2013-05-01 08:36:18

Acid to me has always symbolized a temporary backdoor to enlightenment, thomas if you're looking for the real thing look no further than inside yourself through rigorous meditation.

Captain Trips - 2013-05-20 02:30:10

Interesting thread...50% intolerant fools who all too readily (and, arrogantly, I daresay) pass judgement on one of the greatest psychosociocultural (did I just coin a word?) tools in the evolution of consciousness in the past 2,000 years without an INKLING of what they speak of, and 50% tolerant (to varying degrees), intelligent, thoughtful, and humble commentators who speak anecdotally about their OWN experiences with this magical compound without resorting to hysterical rhetoric, highly insulting, and least-common-denominator base statements aimed as venomous arrows towards those with whom they simply disagree on highly subjective issues. Personally, I'm a 42 year old Rhodes Scholar w/ an IQ of 168 who's taken over 250 LSD trips (Psilocybin, Mescaline, DMT, Ketamine...all notwithstanding), and I've found it to immeasurably amplify my ability to 'connect the dots' as one commentator so aptly put without any degradation of my abilities to function as an egoic and sentient being on this physical plane. I make over 6 figures a year, and give over 1/2 of it away...still waters grow no fish. I'm also a theoretical physicist, and have degrees in both psychology, and music...and, therein lies the alchemical nature of this sacred molecule...in it's ability to bring about highly mystical states under the influence of psychedelic/therapeutic music/art/gardening/Canada gazing(!), etc..WITHOUT the need for associative/dissociative ideation which runs rampant in 'LSD discussions', but rather removes the intellectual-verbal barrier of vain statements in order to enter the ephemeral state of TRUE BEING. I also practice Hatha Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Tantric Sex, Prayer, and communion with nature as pathways to these same spaces...but, as a professional guitar player of various psychedelic bands in the past 30 years I must say - it's REALLY hard to play guitar in downward dog position, or while discussing Plato's Symposium, or having Tantric sex, etc!!! Yes, Western culture is a culture of convenience...so, what're ya gonna do? Divorce yourself from decades of psychosociocultural programming in one swell foop?? Good luck...maybe you're smarter than I am, though I doubt it. What LSD gave me which my IQ didn't was EQ (look it up - a much more efficient predictor of lifelong fulfillment and psychosocial stability than mere intelligence.) Another thing it gave me was the recognition that just because you win an arguement, it doesn't make ya right - sometimes it just means you're the loudest asshole in the room! I'm sure there'll be more thoughts bubbling to the effervescent surface of my 'acid-soaked' mind soon, so hang loose 'til then. And, btw...where the hell does one find pure LSD these days anyway? It seems like The Man pretty much took care of that, and so I lean towards the organics - though I'm inclined to agree with some of the commentators when they claim that the geometric fractals that LSD breaks one's subjective consciousness into have much clearer (and, therefore sharper, and more jagged) edges...yielding both massive 'God-shots' as well as hellacious bummers in equal measure, until on becomes experienced in functioning while the walls breathe, and the Aces crawl up yer sleeve ;) This should be joyful commentary, not so derisive, and divided...for, without LSD, we would have NO information age as we experience it today. Just read Jobs & Wozniak's writings on the matter. Thats my $.02...for now - don't let me come school you naysayers again ;) Oh, yeah...intelligent acidheads have a GREAT sense of humor...dour rationalists don't. That itself should be worth the price of admission! 'C'mon boys, and gamble - If you've got THE MIND. If you've got a dollar, boys.. Won't you lay it on that line??' Happy Trails!

catty dogbreath - 2013-05-22 14:26:55

Trying to speak on acid with any sense of absolution is like trying to quantify the meaning of life. You can read tons of shit written by mad smart dudes, listen to thousands of first-hand accounts transcendent and carnal, hear from misguided eye-witnesses, and then of course you have your own life-experiences to inform you. In the end there is no end, no resolution, no all encompassing answer to questions about life and lsd, only what you choose to believe, subjective truths to be accepted or rejected. Some people have religion, some yoga, meditation, drugs, music, coffee, work, love, money, philanthropy, narcissism, bigotry, activism, pick your poison. That's just it though, if you're picking just one, it is poison because (everybody who's truly open-minded will get this) there's nothing sadder than a one-track mind. I almost envy those people so blindly and linearly passionate because it often removes a lot of confusion, angst, and frustration from life, but then I quickly realize that these jealous moments are just brief pauses in my enduring pity for unrecognized ignorants. Republicans against gay marriage are a conveniently concrete example of this flawed one-track thinking, and my absolution against absolution is an ironic and more liquid example of a near-hopelessly complex philosophical question. Captain Trips, you certainly do seem like a very intelligent man. I assume man, but I may just be sexist in thinking it much more likely that a man give birth to such an egotistical verbal self-ejaculation that praises tolerance and condemns the very arrogance it spews forth in ironically misinterpreted cliches and 50 cent words. Never forget that there are many forms of intelligence, and most "geniuses" will never be Rhodes Scholars. One way of measuring intelligence could be your ability to communicate ideas to a broad audience, possibly those much less intelligent than yourself, and in this way you would be considered a fucking idiot. It's not necessary for someone to be 'smarter' (what is smarter, a higher IQ? a wider variety of degrees?) than you in order for them to "Divorce [themselves] from decades of psychosociocultural programming," they need only be different. I don't mean to incite some internet argument, to loose the first cock in a virtual pissing contest if you will, just thought you might like to know that upon reading your post, particularly the first half, I immediately perceived you as the kind of person that masturbates in a room full of mirrors and trophies.

Loren Kaplan - 2013-06-18 17:05:32

"diluted" lol why are you so certain that there is nothing to be learned from psychedelics?

afterglow - 2013-06-28 14:38:07

The most important thing I learned from psychedelics was, and I quote,(can't remember who said it--wish the hell I did--sorry) "There is no such thing as past, there is no such thing as future, there is only the eternal present."

Puffdady Mc Loves LSD - 2013-07-19 08:43:51

I just took acid test and I passed I loved it and I'm a way better person what a wonderfull day for me ,therefore the rest of the world!

An instant - 2013-11-01 19:06:07

"LSD is a volume enhancer." -Tim The fact that someone can actually convince them self to believe that they know anything at all is so beyond my ability to think. The fact is I don't so don't listen to me.:) Oh, yes and Thomas thank you for inspiring a plethora of so gd to be written.:)

Ninja Samurai - 2013-12-23 20:06:21

I think Thomas is saying that LSD does not give you any knowledge he had difficulty with.

Anonymous - 2014-01-08 14:41:24

i think if the whole world took a daily dose of acid then we would have world peace!!

Anonymous - 2014-02-22 10:45:25

"Anonymous - 2014-01-08 14:41:24 i think if the whole world took a daily dose of acid then we would have world peace!! " ------------------------------------- H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S

Anonymous - 2014-03-06 09:57:11

Everything that happens is for a reason I agree that people over exaggerated it the key to another universe lays in front of us all the time if we only saw the opportunities god gave us if only we tried to love everybody acid yes fires of reseptors and is almost the exact same chemical compound as serotonin and yes its a drug but one of the most favorite unique drug that can help change the world anyone can open the door themselves its as simple as that it just can be opened at a faster rate with LSD the butterfly effect proves that thses little changes still have immense effects on the future

Jim a Dead Head whole-heartedly - 2014-03-13 23:47:54

My estimate is in the region of 200-300 trips. My intention, my mission, was to get a good, different, valuable perspective to enrich my experience and appreciation for all things living. And I got that. You're likely to get what you expect, just maybe a whole lot more, quicker than you bargained for. The pluses completely out-weigh the minuses for me. I put it in a category pretty much it's own. Many cultures have similar meaningful rituals to keep you tethered to what has value out there, more than material possessions, and you have to want that kind of view (not denigrate it). At the same time, I've known lots of bikers and hard drinkers that simply think it is one way to get more wasted than another. That's reality for them. The important part is that having living through the experiences in my life, what anyone else has to say about it, won't change what I know. They are outside looking at a thing they misunderstand. Bo Weir said, "It's like a bird looking at an ornithologist" they look at a thing, and make their own story to describe it. The Grateful Dead have been known to say, "If you can't handle LSD, don't take it" My favorite line of theirs was a down to earth response to a limpy "Tune in, Turn On, Drop Out" Out in one of their shows, where the rubber meets the road for a lot of LSD experimenting, the band said their experience was more like "Turn On, Plug In, Fall Down"