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    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/29/hofmann.obit.ap/index.html

    Albert Hofmann, father of the mind-altering drug LSD whose medical discovery grew into a notorious "problem child," died Tuesday. He was 102

    "I produced the substance as a medicine. ... It's not my fault if people abused it," he said.

    The Swiss chemist discovered lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other grains at the Sandoz pharmaceuticals firm in Basel.

    He became the first human guinea pig of the drug when a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a repeat of the laboratory experiment April 16, 1943.

    "I had to leave work for home because I was suddenly hit by a sudden feeling of unease and mild dizziness," he wrote in a memo to company bosses.

    "Everything I saw was distorted as in a warped mirror," he said, describing his bicycle ride home. "I had the impression I was rooted to the spot. But my assistant told me we were actually going very fast."

    Three days later, Hofmann experimented with a larger dose. The result was a horror trip.
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    Wow 102 he must have been using the good stuff. :rocker:

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