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Psychedelic drugs have long held a special fascination for mankind because they pro-
 

Summary: Psychedelic drugs have long held a special
fascination for mankind because they pro-
duce an altered state of consciousness that is
characterized by distortions of perception,
hallucinations or visions, ecstasy, dissolu-
tion of self boundaries and the experience
of union with the world. As plant-derived
materials, they have been used traditionally
by many indigenous cultures in medical
and religious practices for centuries, if
not millennia1
.
However, research into psychedelics
did not begin until the 1950s after the
breakthrough discovery of the classical
hallucinogen lysergic acid diethylamide
(LSD) by Albert Hofmann2
(timeline). The
classical hallucinogens include indoleam-
ines, such as psilocybin and LSD, and

  

Source: Alford, Simon - Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine