Sunday, May 14, 2017

Music & Morbidity Report

Chemist Who Wanted to Change World Through LSD Dies at 75
Nicholas Sand estimates he made nearly 140M doses of LSD in his lifetime

Nicholas Sand, 75, chemist sought to bring LSD to the world

NEW YORK — One day in 1964, Nicholas Sand, a Brooklyn-born son of a spy for the Soviet Union, took his first acid trip. He had been fascinated by psychedelic drugs since reading about them as a student at Brooklyn College and had experimented with mescaline and peyote. Now, at a retreat run by friends in Putnam County, N.Y., he took his first dose of LSD, still legal at the time.

Sitting naked in the lotus position, before a crackling fire, he surrendered to the experience. A sensation of peace and joy washed over him. Then he felt himself transported to the far reaches of the cosmos.

“I was floating in this immense black space,” he recalled in the documentary “The Sunshine Makers,” released in 2015. “I said, ‘What am I doing here?’ And suddenly a voice came through my body, and it said, ‘Your job on this planet is to make psychedelics and turn on the world.’”

Like Moses receiving the tablets, Mr. Sand took this commandment to heart. After being trained by the lab partner of Owsley Stanley, America’s premier LSD chemist, he set about producing vast quantities of the purest LSD on the market. His most celebrated product, known as Orange Sunshine for the color of the tablets it came in, became a signature drug of the late 1960s.
[newser/Boston Globe]

1 comment:

mikey said...

There was lots of fake Orange Sunshine too, some of it pretty nasty, but there was also Purple Microdot and 8-way mini barrels and sometimes some amazing liquid, along with the ubiquitous sugar cubes....