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Journey Through Psychedelia: A Pioneer's Tale

With Carolyn Garcia

Explore the riveting journey of a psychedelic pioneer, from early experiments at Stanford to adventures with the Merry Pranksters and an enlightening encounter with Dr. Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD.

Journey Through Psychedelia: A Pioneer's Tale

With Carolyn Garcia

Explore the riveting journey of a psychedelic pioneer, from early experiments at Stanford to adventures with the Merry Pranksters and an enlightening encounter with Dr. Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD.

"I met the Merry Pranksters in Palo Alto... and became a psychedelic pioneer, I guess you would call it, you know, and got on the bus."

About This Talk:

Dive into the captivating world of psychedelics with a firsthand account from a trailblazer who navigated the uncharted territories of the mind in the 1960s. Starting with a job at Stanford University's organic chemistry lab, our speaker delves into early experiments with psychedelics, including a personal encounter with ibogaine. The narrative unfolds with tales of joining the Merry Pranksters, a group synonymous with psychedelic parties and the Grateful Dead, leading to a life-altering journey on the bus to the realms of the West. The climax of the talk features a profound meeting with Dr. Albert Hofmann, the chemist who first synthesized LSD, offering insights into the simplicity of creating LSD and its profound impact on the human psyche. This talk is a homage to the spirit of exploration and the enduring legacy of psychedelics in shaping consciousness and culture.