The role of drugs on the popular culture of
diethylamide, better known as LSD helped make the sixties what it was.
The people who were questioning the system needed to find a new light to
look upon things. Their solution was to explore psychedelics. The most common
was LSD, a chemical discovered in 1943 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.
LSD let people look at things with the different angle their
psychidelic trance allowed them.
LSD was originally available in tablet form, but once it was declared
illegal, it was mainly used in one of the following ways:
reacted solid allowed to crystallize: window pane acid (4-way)
liquid acid (via oral, in the eyeball, or mucous membrane entry)
liquid acid put on blotter paper. (such as the famous Beavis and
Butt-head acid shown). Blotter paper acid generally has 100 small dosage
squares (individually called "dots") which are pre-cut or are peforated as
in the Beavis and Butt-head acid.
mixture with other drugs (such as
dropping some onto marijuana before smoking)
LSD pictures: Beavis and Butt-head blotter acid; the
stuctural diagram of LSD-25.
Marijuana, a drug with many nicknames, has been used by humans for
thousands of years. It can be consumed in countless methods.
Some of the more popular methods:
smoking buds in pipes, joints, bongs, chillums, spliffs, etc.
making tea from leaves and buds
blending leaves and buds in with cooked foods (such as brownies!)
smoking of concentrated resin (hashish)
During the sixties, as people were trying to find new ways to explore
pleasure and ways of bringing it about, marijuana became an obvious
choice. Despite the fact that it was illegal, many people were willing to try
this amazing substance.
Marijuana is a weed, hence the nickname "weed", and as such, is
currently native to all continents on the planet but Antarctica; and who
knows, a researcher down there might be doing a few "hydroponic"
Although marijuana is not a mind altering drug like a psychedelic, it was
also eagerly sought out for a good "buzz".
Marijuana has been very popular in recent history, and every since the 1960s,
has been a common part of our society as a whole.
Marijuana images: vegetative growth leaf, dried bud, structural diagram of the
active ingredient (THC).
thousands of years, less developed cultures have been experimenting with
psychedelic mushrooms. The people felt that by tripping, they could have
better contact with their deities. Most of the more common psychedelic
mushrooms in use in the current era belong to the genus Psilocybe, with
the most popular individual species probably being Psilocybe Cubensis.
Psilocybes contain the active ingredient psilocybin, which produces a
hallucinogenic response when ingested. Some of the more common methods of
eating of mushrooms (either raw or dried)
soaking mushrooms in honey - honey turns a bluish color, and is dosed
making mushroom tea
'shrooms on pizza
mushrooms cut into small
pieces and cooked with other food
During the sixties, many people experimented
with mushrooms in addition to other, stronger psychedelics to help them
get a new perspective on their world. But this was not the first time
people had experimented with psychedelics to a large degree.
Archaeological evidence has proven that psychedelic mushrooms
were used at least 5500 years ago in Algeria, and it is well known
that most of the major new world cultures experimented in some way. In
fact, some psychedelics are still used in American Indian religious
The famous Aztec statue of Xochipilli shows him to be in a psychedelic
state. It cannot be stated as a matter of fact what he is supposed to be
tripping on, but it is most likely mushrooms or a cactus psychedelic like
mescaline or peyote.