Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) was first synthesised in 1938 by Albert Hoffman at the Sandoz AG Pharmaceutical Company in Basel, Switzerland LSD was the 25th lysergic acid derivative developed by Hoffman during a discovery project for pharmacologically active derivatives of lysergic acid which would act as a circulatory and respiratory stimulant
LSD became widely used as a recreational psychedelic drug before being banned in the 1960s. This history in popular culture has hindered research into LSD as it is the most recognised and stigmatised of the classical psychedelics. However, investigations into LSD are currently in development at research centers around the globe.
We have collated the most important information relating to the pharmacology, history, and law regarding LSD in the modules below.
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