LSD [Paperback] Richard Alpert & Sidney Cohen and Lawrence Schiller

In the midst of a raging national controversy two authorities speak out on the dangers, merits, legal regulations and control of the revolutionary psychedelic drug. LSD was originally perceived as a psychotomimetic capable of producing model psychosis. By the mid-'50s, LSD research was being conducted in major American medical centers, where researchers used LSD as a means of temporarily replicating the effects of mental illness. One of the leading authorities on LSD during the 1950s in the United States was the psychoanalyst Sidney Cohen. Cohen first took the drug on October 12, 1955 and expected to have an unpleasant trip, but was surprised when he experienced “no confused, disoriented delirium.”[ He reported that the “problems and strivings, the worries and frustrations of everyday life vanished; in their place was a majestic, sunlit, heavenly inner quietude.” Cohen immediately began his own experiments with LSD with the help of Aldous Huxley whom he had met in 1955. In 1957, with the help of Betty Eisner, Cohen began experimenting on whether or not LSD might have a helpful effect in facilitating psychotherapy, curing alcoholism, and enhancing creativity. Between 1957 & 1958, they treated twenty-two patients who suffered from minor personality disorders.[ LSD was also given to artists in order to track their mental deterioration, but Huxley believed LSD might enhance their creativity. Between 1958 and 1962, Oscar Janiger tested LSD on more than a hundred painters, writers, and composers. In 1964, Cohen published 'The Beyond Within: the LSD Story'. Cohen had conducted research on the drug's effects at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. In an interview with Cohen for the publication, Time magazine reported: The effects on the mind... are so fantastic that most experimenters insist words are not the right medium for describing them.