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The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD (2011)

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In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our ... See full summary »

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Trevor J. Roling ...
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Hanspeter Müller ...
narrator in German version (voice) (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart)
Mario Scarabelli ...
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself, psychiatrist
Martin A. Lee ...
Himself, author
James S. Ketchum ...
Himself, U.S. Army Colonel (Retired), Medical Corps
Franz X. Vollenweider ...
Himself, neuroscientist, University of Zürich
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Himself (archive footage)
Carolyn Garcia ...
Herself, Merry Pranksters
Timothy Leary ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Metzner ...
Himself, psychologist
Nick Sand ...
Himself, Millbrook Mansion
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Himself (archive footage)
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In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our framework of time and space upside down. The story of a drug - its discovery in the Basel chemistry lab, the first experiments by Albert Hofmann on himself, the 1950s experiments of the psychiatrists, the consciousness researchers, the artists. Could it actually be possible to find a path to the core of our human existence by means of a chemical? Spirituality at the flick of a switch? Do the enigmatic effects of this drug really help us to better understand the human soul? Could LSD be an instrument of contemporary psychiatry? Of modern brain research? Written by Martin Witz

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17 May 2012 (Germany)  »

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A real eye opener
13 August 2012 | by (Geneva) – See all my reviews

By chance I came across this movie on TV today and must say that it truly is an eye opening experience.

Not only does the substance increases your awareness as such but this movie makes you aware how absurd in retrospect step by step a whole generation was impacted by a coincidence.

The movie is extremely well crafted. A first rate documentary which is as mentioned eye opening.

Fantastic editing, music and speed.... A historical movie about a special time...

It accurately describes how from the lab it arrived at the streets in quantities which today seem hard to believe. For someone who is now about 40 and was too young to have lived the 50ies and 60ies it enables to understand the psychedelic and Hippie movement. By the editing and the intense interviews you do have a feeling of actually reliving the times. The Director has truly shown sensitivity and also a certain pragmatism which makes this movie very pleasurable and entertaining.


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