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Cops: Man on LSD 'Saves' Dog From Imaginary Fire

Yes, really

(Newser) - In his own way, Michael Orchard is a pretty brave guy. He saw his neighbor's house on fire, sped over in his car, smashed a sliding glass door, and rescued the family dog. Ah, but there's a "but," and it's spectacular. As the Albany Times ... More »

'Dedicated' Ex-Chemist Was High at Work for 8 Years

No one noticed until the end that Sonja Farak was heavily abusing Mass. lab's drugs

(Newser) - Even Walter White knew not to sample the wares, a lesson that could have served Sonja Farak well. The now 37-year-old former chemist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts State Police was arrested in 2013 and sentenced in 2014 to 18 months in jail for getting... More »

Scientists Wowed by First Look at Brain on LSD

'This is to neuroscience what the Higgs boson was to particle physics'

(Newser) - After taking the first-ever look at how the brain functions on LSD, Imperial College, London researchers sound nearly as enthusiastic about the drug as Timothy Leary. The team scanned the brains of 20 volunteers on the drug and discovered that not only did it increase connectivity between parts of the... More »

Cops: College Student Takes LSD, Then Beats His Girlfriend to Death

'He states (that) after a while things started to get weird'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old college student in Seattle allegedly killed his girlfriend after getting high on LSD over the weekend, the Seattle Times reports. According to the Tri-City Herald , police say the suspect, identified as Casey Henderson, and 22-year-old Katy Straalsund took LSD Saturday and walked around the University of Washington, where... More »

LSD Inventor's Archive Is Being Ignored

This isn't what Albert Hofmann had in mind

(Newser) - The man who invented LSD hoped his archive would inspire future generations of researchers, but just about the only person using it is a Swiss dairy farmer who's writing about hallucinogens in his spare time, the Wall Street Journal reports in a look at the "long, strange trip"... More »

Stare Into a Person's Eyes and Weird Things Will Happen

Researcher Giovanni Caputo had 20 people do the long stare

(Newser) - Want to experience LSD-like hallucinations without actually having to ingest any drugs? Try staring into someone's eyes in a dimly lit room for 10 minutes. It worked for Jenni Avins, who sat down a colleague in a supply closet, stared into her eyes, and saw her facial contours replaced... More »

For Some, Tiny LSD Hits Are Like Cup of Coffee

Hallucinogen enthusiasts are popping micro-portions of acid

(Newser) - Some users of LSD like taking tiny amounts of the hallucinogenic drug—often by drinking acid-laced water—to experience subtle benefits like increased focus, creativity, or friendliness toward people, LiveScience reports. "It's like the coffee to wake up the mind-body connection," says former poker player Martijn Schirp,... More »

Student Stabbed in Throat After Dropping Acid

Rutgers University student arrested on multiple charges

(Newser) - Talk about a bad trip: Police say two Rutgers University students dropped acid last night, and one got so aggressive that he stabbed the other in the throat, My Central Jersey reports. According to a witness, Andrew Kim, 23, and Kevin Huang, 22, took LSD inside a residence yesterday evening... More »

Psychedelic Drugs Don't Break Your Brain

Use may actually reduce risk of some conditions

(Newser) - Are "acid casualties" a myth? While using LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, or mescaline carries the risk of a bad trip, there doesn't seem to be any increased risk of psychosis or other mental-health conditions, according to a pair of new studies. Researchers using National Survey on Drug Use and... More »

Did Dinosaurs Hallucinate After Chewing Grass?

Oldest grass specimen ever found was topped with fungus linked to LSD

(Newser) - If you're glad you weren't on the planet in the days when Stegosaurus was whipping its spiked tail around in agitation, imagine the dino stumbling around with its eyes ablaze on the prehistoric equivalent of an acid trip, courtesy of newly discovered fungus-tipped grass. A perfectly preserved, 100-million-year-old... More »

Guy Busted With DARE Lion Stuffed With Pot, LSD, Coke

Lions and drugs and more drugs, oh my!

(Newser) - The DARE lion "Darin" is in some trouble. To be more exact, the upstate New York man who cops charged with stuffing him full of pot, cocaine, and LSD is in some trouble. Police say Gregory Bolognese, 22, was caught Monday at a Greyhound bus station in Plattsburgh with... More »

In 40-Year First, LSD Used in Therapy With FDA OK

In new study, it helped to ease anxiety symptoms

(Newser) - Researchers experimented with LSD in psychiatric treatment until such research was effectively banned in the US in 1966—but now a Swiss psychiatrist has conducted the first controlled trial of the hallucinogenic drug in more than four decades, with US FDA approval. Dr. Peter Gasser's study involved 12 people... More »

Family Hospitalized After Eating LSD-Laced Meat

Police in Tampa are investigating how the drug got on the Walmart steak

(Newser) - A Florida family of four ended up in the hospital after eating meat tainted with LSD, authorities say. A man, his pregnant girlfriend, and her two children experienced symptoms such as difficultly breathing and hallucinations after eating steak from their local Walmart in Tampa. It's still not clear how... More »

Teenage 'LSD Party' Ends Really, Really Badly

How badly? Well, a blood-covered boy attacked paramedics, for one

(Newser) - There are destructive teen parties where kids punch holes in the walls ... and then there are ones like the one that was broken up in Mill Valley, California, on Sunday morning. It sounds, quite frankly, nuts: Paramedics showed up at the house around 7:30am in response to reports of... More »

Family Sues Over Scientist's Cold War LSD Death

Sons claim CIA killed their father in 1950s

(Newser) - The sons of a Cold War scientist who plunged to his death in 1953 several days after unwittingly taking LSD in a CIA mind-control experiment sued the government today. They claim the CIA murdered their father, Frank Olson, by pushing him from a 13th-story window of a hotel and that... More »

LSD Helps Alcoholics Quit Booze

'Beneficial effect' found by researchers analyzing '60s studies

(Newser) - LSD's value as a treatment for alcoholism has been overlooked for decades, according to researchers revisiting old studies. A team that analyzed six separate studies from the '60s found that a single dose of the psychedelic drug had a "significant beneficial effect" on alcoholics that lasted for... More »

5 Bad Habits That Could Save Your Life

Video games, Botox, coffee could all help more than they hurt

(Newser) - Bad habits are admittedly, well ... bad for you, unless you have an ailment that a bad habit might cure. Cracked sums up five:
  • Video Games That Cure PTSD. "No, this isn't taken from some press release from Activision"—it's the result of work by the Department
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LSD King Owsley Stanley Dead at 76

Counterculture pioneer takes final trip

(Newser) - Owsley Stanley, LSD cook, sound engineer, sculptor, and one of the most influential figures in '60s counterculture, has been killed in a car accident in Australia at the age of 76. Nicknamed "Bear," Stanley manufactured millions of doses of high quality "Owsley Acid" at his San Francisco... More »

Jerry Hall: I Became a Model After Taking LSD

She looked into the mirror and thought 'Oh, my God'

(Newser) - Jerry Hall might have ended up a Texas housewife if not for a single drug experience, she tells Harper's Baazar in a lengthy interview. The 54-year-old supermodel recounts the moment she began to see her own potential: While on LSD at a high school party. "A boy gave me... More »

Docs Look Again to Turning On for Cures

Hallucinogens may help depression, cancer patients

(Newser) - Scientists and physicians are looking again at various hallucinogens for aiding people suffering from mental illness and other problems. After a '60s backlash against the drugs, researchers are delving into their possible benefits. One retired clinical psychologist attributes his 6-hour trip on psilocybin in a Johns Hopkins lab to curing... More »

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