Letter from Albert Hofmann to Steve Jobs

A never-before-published letter LSD-inventor Albert Hofmann wrote shortly after his 101’st birthday to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, requesting support of LSD research, has been published in the new book ‘"This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America”.

Steve Jobs never made a secret about his use of LSD, and in interviews he called it ‘"one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life."

Dear Mr. Steve Jobs,
Hello from Albert Hofmann. I understand from media accounts that you feel LSD helped you creatively in your development of Apple computers and your personal spiritual quest. I'm interested in learning more about how LSD was useful to you.

I'm writing now, shortly after my 101st birthday, to request that you support Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Peter Gasser's proposed study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy in subjects with anxiety associated with life-threatening illness. This will become the first LSD-assisted psychotherapy study in over 35 years.

I hope you will help in the transformation of my problem child into a wonder child.
Sincerely,

A. Hofmann


According to the book, the donation Hofmann requested was not granted by Jobs. Something that won't come as a surprise to many, as Jobs isn't exactly known for his generosity.

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