I must confess I've never done LSD, or any other drug beyond caffeine and alcohol, and a couple of cigars, lifetime.
So, I am pretty boring in that sense. I've never felt a need to get away from reality or anything like that. My mind is already a pretty elastic place that would probably confuse a few people, could they visit.
Still, I've always had a desire for clarity, rather than escape, and that makes me curious about LSD. According to this piece, it turns out that Steve Jobs might not have been exaggerating, when he said it was one of the two or three most important things he did:
For this particular experiment, the couched volunteers had each brought along three highly technical problems from their respective fields that they’d been unable to solve for at least several months. In approximately two hours, when the LSD became fully active, they were going to remove the eyeshades and earphones, and attempt to find some solutions. Fadiman and his team would monitor their efforts, insights, and output to determine if a relatively low dose of acid—100 micrograms to be exact—enhanced their creativity.
Apparently, it did, but:
At approximately 10 a.m., a courier delivered an express letter to the receptionist, who in turn quickly relayed it to Fadiman and the other researchers. They were to stop administering LSD, by order of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Effective immediately. Dozens of other private and university-affiliated institutions had received similar letters that day.
So there ended the research, in 1966. If even half of the piece is accurate, this is very interesting. Very. It advocates guided trips on LSD or other psychedelics. Guided is the key word here:
“I think guides are wonderful,” Fadiman said, “which often gets me dismissed as a radical conservative—a kind of fun thing to be in this crowd. But look, you don’t go to the airport and say, ‘I want to fly a plane.’ And a pilot says, ‘Here’s the keys, pick one of those, and give it a shot.’”
And here is an example of a somewhat guided trip:
Read, discuss. And those of you who have some actual experience, don't be shy. Even if you have to cook up a pseudonym just for this one diary.
Via Daring Fireball.