Acid Dreams Literature Analysis

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The substance LSD otherwise known as Lysergic acid diethylamide is a psychedelic drug that is commonly associated with the hippie generation of the 1960’s. Its influence and perpetuated use transformed and created sixties culture, art, music, and social standings. With that being said, the substance has a long history that proceeds it’s commonly thought of time period. The novel, Acid Dreams by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain examine this vast history regarding the substance use and function amongst a variety of different institutions and people. After reading excerpts from this book, I was surprised to see how profound and prevalent LSD was used in CIA operations and programs. What was even more surprising was the fact that the CIA was even actively looking and testing for a potential truth drug during that time to use in interrogations in the first place. Now, CIA’s history with using LSD was, needless to say, interesting. After experimenting on marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and a bunch of other substances, LSD seemed to be the most promising in providing what the CIA classified as a truth drug or “mind control drug” (Lee & Shlain 13). This is directly linked to the side effects that LSD provides. As reported by Dr. Werner Stoll and restated by Lee and Shlain, “LSD produced disturbances in perception, hallucinations, and acceleration in thinking” (Lee & Shlain 13). Now, they tested LSD on a lot of subjects but what saddened and shocked me was that they frequently tested the

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