hallucinogens

How LSD Works

In 1943 Swiss chemist Albert Hofman discovered he'd created what may be the most potent hallucinogen known to humankind. Then he took a bike ride. Learn about the chemistry, neurology, history and cultural impact of LSD-25.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Great articles on witches, bank robbery and lots of other interesting stuff.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Incredible articles on The Price Is Right, forensic science as junk science and lots, lots more.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of articles and some of them are pretty good. Here are the best of the bunch for you to enjoy.

The walls appear to be closing in more than usual on the field of psychology these days. The bad press over antidepressants -- a survey of six clinical trials found that placebos work just as well as the actual pharmaceutical -- has made psychiatry look a bit bumbling. Psychiatry is, of course, the same discipline that prescribed Ecstasy for marriage counseling in the early 1980s before it was listed at the top of the federal controlled substance schedule. This is not to say that the couples entering counseling in that era didn't have fun, but anyone who's ever made a connection with another person through synthetic chemistry can tell you those ties are fleeting and tenuous. Once the sun comes up at the party, things just aren't the same.