In 1938, Swiss chemist, Albert Hofmann accidentally discovered lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) while working at the pharmaceutic-chemical firm, Sandoz (now Novartis).
As early as the 1940s, researchers around the world began studying the effects of LSD to try to understand the human mind.
This documentary is a fascinating look at the story of “acid” before it hit the streets.
Hofmann, himself is quoted as saying: “I think that the possibility to have psychedelic experience is inborn. These psychedelics – very similar compounds are in our brain; of all the compounds which you find in the plant kingdom only the psychedelics are so closely related chemically to these brain factors, which we already have. We speak about the paradise of childhood. When I had this vision and beautiful experience as a child, this is no wonder, because we have these compounds already in our brain.”