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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor J. Roling Trevor J. Roling ... narrator in English version (voice)
Hanspeter Müller Hanspeter Müller ... narrator in German version (voice) (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart)
Mario Scarabelli Mario Scarabelli ... narrator in Italian version (voice)
Albert Hofmann ... Himself (archive footage)
Stanislav Grof ... Himself, psychiatrist
Martin A. Lee Martin A. Lee ... Himself, author
James S. Ketchum James S. Ketchum ... Himself, U.S. Army Colonel (Retired), Medical Corps
Franz X. Vollenweider Franz X. Vollenweider ... Himself, neuroscientist, University of Zürich
Ken Kesey ... Himself (archive footage)
Carolyn Garcia Carolyn Garcia ... Herself, Merry Pranksters
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Metzner Ralph Metzner ... Himself, psychologist
Nick Sand Nick Sand ... Himself, Millbrook Mansion
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
John Lennon ... 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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Switzerland | Germany

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17 May 2012 (Germany) See more »

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A Descoberta do LSD See more »

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A film to absorb
30 April 2018 | by internetfreieminutenSee all my reviews

Is there any singular substance that has influenced Western culture more than LSD? Sadly, the story of LSD has thus far been a tragic one, but with new research at some of the leading medical universities in the USA, perhaps this phenomenal gift will make a resurgence and become readily available once again - it is too beneficial for just the most ill. This film covers the entire history of LSD, including original footage of government and psychological experiments with the substance. If you are interested in learning more about LSD, this film would be a good place to start.


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