Albert Hofmann

Albert Hofmann

Swiss chemist known for first synthesizing lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

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April 19, 1943

After accidentally dosing himself on April 1319, Hoffman decided to intentionally dose himself with LSD to confirm that it caused psychedelic effects.

April 16, 1943

Hofmann accidentally discovers the psychoactive properties of LSD

While synthesizing a batch of LSD, Hofmann was accidentally exposed to the chemical compound.

Hofmann would recount the incident in a speech at the 1996 Worlds of Consciousness Conference:

"During the new repetition of the synthesis of lysergic acid diethylamide, a repetition, so to speak, grounded on a hunch, chance had the opportunity to come into play. At the conclusion of the synthesis, I was overtaken by a very weird state of consciousness, which today one might call 'psychedelic.' Although I was accustomed to scrupulously clean work, a trace of the substance must accidentally have entered my body, probably during the purification via recrystallization."

April 13, 1943

Hofmann accidentally discovers the psychoactive properties of LSD

While synthesizing a batch of LSD, Hofmann was accidentally exposed to the chemical compound.

Hofmann would recount the incident in a speech at the 1996 Worlds of Consciousness Conference:

"During the new repetition of the synthesis of lysergic acid diethylamide, a repetition, so to speak, grounded on a hunch, chance had the opportunity to come into play. At the conclusion of the synthesis, I was overtaken by a very weird state of consciousness, which today one might call 'psychedelic.' Although I was accustomed to scrupulously clean work, a trace of the substance must accidentally have entered my body, probably during the purification via recrystallization."

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April 19, 1943

April 19th is recognized as an unofficial holiday called Bicycle Day by members of the psychedelic community.

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Bicycle Day: Albert Hofmann's 1st Time Tripping on Acid--On Purpose | DoubleBlind

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April 19, 1943

Hofmann deliberately doses LSD to confirm its psychedelic effects

After accidentally dosing himself on April 13, Hoffman decided to intentionally dose himself with LSD to confirm that it caused psychedelic effects.

He dosed himself with 250 micrograms and soon felt the effects. Deciding it was better to go home than have a psychedelic experience in his chemistry lab, Hofmann opts to go home. Due to restrictions on using cars during World War II, Hofmann rode his bicycle home, which he thought was a safer venue to experience the psychedelic effects of LSD.

April 19th is recognized as an unofficial holiday called Bicycle Day by members of the psychedelic community.

April 13, 1943

Hofmann accidentally discovers the psychoactive properties of LSD

While synthesizing a batch of LSD, Hofmann was accidentally exposed to the chemical compound.

Hofmann would recount the incident in a speech at the 1996 Worlds of Consciousness Conference:

"During the new repetition of the synthesis of lysergic acid diethylamide, a repetition, so to speak, grounded on a hunch, chance had the opportunity to come into play. At the conclusion of the synthesis, I was overtaken by a very weird state of consciousness, which today one might call 'psychedelic.' Although I was accustomed to scrupulously clean work, a trace of the substance must accidentally have entered my body, probably during the purification via recrystallization."

November 16, 1938

Hofmann first synthesizes lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals
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LSD: Completely Personal

Albert Hofmann

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Albert Hofmann

Swiss chemist

Swiss chemist known for first synthesizing lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

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