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LSD My Problem Child by Dr. Albert Hofmann

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A memoir by Dr. Albert Hofmann, the chemist who first synthesized and discovered the powerful effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).

LSD My Problem Child by Dr. Albert Hofmann


In LSD: My Problem Child, Dr. Albert Hofmann chronicles the unexpected birth of LSD, guiding us through a labyrinth of scientific curiosity, profound personal experiences, and the drug's turbulent foray into societal consciousness.

Hofmann, as a pioneering chemist, becomes a philosopher and historian, weaving a narrative that’s as rich in scientific intrigue as it is in cultural significance. The book is a testament to the transformative potential of LSD, viewed through the lens of its creator, who remained both a steward of its promise and a witness to its complexities. Hofmann’s prose is devoid of the inscrutable technical language often found in scientific texts; instead, it's marked by lucidity and openness, inviting readers to ponder the profound questions that LSD poses about the nature of reality and consciousness.

The impression one gets from Hofmann's writing is not just of a scientific account, but of a deeply personal journey. The tone is conversational, yet imbued with the authority of someone who has not only seen the genesis of a world-changing substance but has also felt its profound effects. Hofmann approaches his subject with both humility and a sense of responsibility, acknowledging LSD’s double-edged impact on society.

The narrative doesn’t shy away from the dark turns, yet it maintains an enduring optimism about LSD’s potential to unlock new dimensions of human understanding.




LSD: My Problem Child is more than a historical document; it is a reflective exploration of a chemical that has the power to redefine the boundaries of human experience.

Hofmann's book takes us on a journey through the microcosm of molecular structures to the macrocosm of societal impact, never losing sight of the profound ethical and spiritual questions that such a powerful substance evokes. In its pages, LSD is both the problem child causing disruption and the wonder child holding a mirror to the depths of the psyche. Hofmann's final word is one of caution and hope: respect for the potential of LSD and recognition of its risks. His legacy, encapsulated in this work, is a call to approach such profound tools with the wisdom and reverence they demand.

This book is a cornerstone for anyone seeking to understand the intricate dance between science, consciousness, and society—a dance led by the enigmatic molecule known as LSD.

Author: Dr. Albert Hofmann
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Research (MAPS)
Publication date: 2017 (4th Edition)
Pages: 224

LSD My Problem Child

Dr. Albert Hofmann

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