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Was the invention of LSD a good or bad thing?

Posted at 12:28 PM on May 1, 2008 by Sanden Totten

Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD died this week. He lived to be a 102. Throughout his life he had great faith in the power of his drug to help people deal with mental problems. He also openly detested the recreational use of the drug by the youth movement in the 1960s.

Listening to the remembrances of his life and work I started thinking about what a mixed bag his invention was. Some say it opens your mind to a greater consciousness. And it has been the inspiration for great art and cultural movements. But plenty of people have also had bad trips, and the drug has been used in some horrible ways.

After a raid on some labs in 2000 the drug has been on the decline. But it'll probably have a resurgence sometime down the road. What do you think? Is the world better or worse for the invention of this powerful chemical compound?

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