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First acid trip
On the 19th of April 1943 the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann was the very first person to intentionally take an LSD trip.
At the time Hofmann was working at Sandoz pharmaceuticals in Basel. He synthesised LSD-25 already in 1938 as part of a range of lysergamides. As it didn’t seem to have a particular effect the substance was stored unused in the laboratory.
In 1943 he suddenly felt the urge to re-examine it. Thereby he accidentally ingested a little bit. (At least that’s how the story goes…).
For two hours Hofmann “perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colours”.
Impressed by the effects he planned to do a self-experiment a couple of days later, when he ingested 250 micrograms of acid. A low dose, he expected. But the contrary was true! In his memoires 'LSD: my problem child' he recalls:
“By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense. I had to struggle to speak intelligibly.”
He asked his assistant (who was aware of the situation) to escort him home. Due to war time restrictions no cars were available, so they took the bike.
Hofmann: “On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me we had traveled very rapidly.”
Soon the news spread and LSD made its way into therapy sessions at first. In the 1960s recreational use saw a boom when Timothy Leary inspired the youth to "Turn on, tune in, drop out".
Nowadays the very first LSD trip is remembered and celebrated all over the world as ‘Bicycle day’.
Bicycle day discount at Azarius
At Azarius too we consider bicycle day a holy day. Which we celebrate with a discount of 19% on all our smartshop products, only during April 19th.
To claim your discount, use BICYCLEDAY as check out code. Grab your chance and grab your bike. We wish you a joyfull and mind-bending bicycle day!
-Was the first ingestion real? Mindstates Conference
-’High holy days’. Erowid’s Tea Faerie on the importance of bicycle day.
-Bicycle day experience story: Scientific American.
-Albert Hoffman portrait: Azarius encyclopedia