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LSD: Insight or Insanity?
1968 / 29:00
Producer/Director: Max Miller
Distributor: Bailey Films
Sound, color.

Film Stills

A smiling teenage boy in a red jacket dances at the edge of a cliff A woman wearing glasses and a houndstooth jacket screams, her mouth open and eyes squeezed shut A man with long brown hair, glasses, and a black beret looks over his right shoulder
A red sign with the letters STOP printed on it in white. Electric light bulbs outline each letter. A dark-haired man wearing a white medical coat leans against a counter in a hospital. A distraught young woman lies on a medical gurney, covered with a green blanket, her mouth open
A clipped newspaper article titled Group Asks Investigation into LSD, Birth Defects A white-haired man in a suit stands with one foot on a chair and his arms resting on his thigh. Two animal embryos, one healthy and one with visible deformities
A clipped newspaper article titled Worse Deformities Feared in LSD than Thalidomide A dark-haired woman is seen from the rear, seated and holding a revolver in both hands

Other Resources

Head shot of Albert Hofmann Dr. Albert Hofmann
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The words ESSO and LSD are presented side-by-side: red text inside a blue oval with white background. Swedish avant-garde artist Öyvind Fahlström’s ESSO-LSD painting hangs in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm

Poster featuring a brightly-colored mushroom with rings around its base and the words LSD-Day in the middle. A movie poster for LSD-Day, a film-within-a-film from the 2000 movie The Independent Source: NLM Prints and Photographs Collection
Rear view of movie poster.
Poster featuring a brightly-colored mushroom with rings around its base and the words LSD-Day in the middle.

Colorful graphic showing the LSD molecule (in blue) attaching to a curling white ribbon representing a serotonin receptor. The background of the image has a tie-dye appearance. Artistic representation of LSD (in blue) fitting into a serotonin receptor (the white ribbon). Credit: Bryan Roth, M.D., Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Listen to 1966 Senate hearings on LSD chaired by Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY)

Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

In 1966, several Senate committees held hearings about LSD, driven by fears of abuse on college campuses in particular. A subcommittee led by Robert Kennedy compelled testimony from representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, and other U.S. government agencies to explore the role of the government in regulating the drug and overseeing research. Kennedy was in favor of more research, especially in the area of mental health.

Excerpts from Hearings of the Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization of the Senate Committee on Government Operations concerning federal drug research and regulation of LSD, May 24, 1966 [NLM Historical Audiovisuals accession #2001-02]

Audioreel #1 | Transcript

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Audioreel #2 | Transcript

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In the News

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LSD to Cure Depression? Not so Fast. By Richard A. Friedman, February 13, 2017
A writer for the New York Times argues the possible benefits of LSD are overstated.

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LSD Could Make You Smarter, Happier, and Healthier. Should We All Try It? By Daniel Miller, April 1, 2016
A writer for The Washington Post discusses the therapeutic use of LSD and other psychedelics.

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