When Foucault took acid in the desert

Foucault in California
Forfatter: Simeon Wade
Forlag: Heyday (USA)
LSD / How did Foucault's own experiences color his political thinking? And do psychedelics help with anxiety, depression and addiction?


In 1943, the Swiss scientist discovered Albert Hofmann the psychoactive molecule LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), also known as "acid". This led to a new era in brain research, but the psychedelic potential of the new (and legal) substance was not limited to scientific circles. Especially in the USA, LSD became important for the hippie culture and the peace movement that emerged in the 60's.

The decade after, however, the drug was banned, following reports of "abuse" and subsequent psychotic outcomes. But even though LSD disappeared from the limelight, the revolutionary properties of the small molecule were not forgotten.

"The Second Wave"

As Michael Pollan described last year in the book How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics, there has been a lot of work in the hidden since the 1980s, aimed at getting drugs such as LSD and psilocybin (the natural hallucinogen in fungi) decriminalized again. The first step is psychiatry. Several studies have shown that psychedelics helps against anxiety, depression. . .

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