The Frank Olson Legacy Project
by Stephan Kimbel Olson
There was a scientist
in Switzerland who accidentally discovered LSD from chemicals in his lab
in 1938. His name was Dr. Albert Hofmann. He was actually looking for
a chemical that would make the blood thicker so you wouldnt bleed.
The LSD came through his fingers into his blood and then he had a trip.
But he wasnt aware of it. He took his bike and rode home on it but
he couldnt ride the bicycle. He crashed into a bush and fell down
into a ditch.
LSD stands for lysergic
acid diethylamide, but it is commonly called acid. It is the most powerful
known hallucinogen. Hallucinogen means that you see things that arent
comes from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. LSD is semi-synthetic,
which means that it comes partly from nature and partly from chemicals
that are made in laboratories. Most of the laboratories where LSD is made
are secret and illegal, and some are legal labs where they produce LSD
The effect of any
drug depends on several things. It depends on how much the user takes
at one time, the users past drug experience, and the manner in which
the drug is taken. Some of the effects of LSD come right away and some
come later. The short-term effects include numbness, which means you cant
feel things. Other effects are things like muscle weakness, trembling,
rapid reflexes, increased blood pressure, heart rate and temperature,
impaired motor skills and coordination, dilated pupils, nausea, and occasionally
Also your senses can
get mixed up. You can see sounds and hear colors. You can start to lose
control of your own mind, which means that different thoughts start coming
and you cant stop them. Another thing that happens is that the feeling
of time and space changes. Sometimes you can tell where your self stops
and the world begins. Everything starts to mix together. For some people
it is like a religious experience because you feel like you are one with
everything. You are part of nature and nature is part of you.
This feeling on being
one with everything can start to feel bad also and then it can become
what they call a bad trip. You can start to get scared that you are losing
who you are and becoming nothing. This can lead to more hallucinations
and that can lead to violence, including murder and suicide.
|Stephan Kimbel Olson, grandson of Frank Olson, lives in Stockholm, Sweden where he will soon enter the fifth grade at Katarina South Elementary School. He is ten years old.|