Introduction

Our consciousness was raised by Zen, and also by LSD…taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important-creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and human consciousness as much as I could.”- Steve Jobs

 

“The sixties produced and anarchic mind-set that is great for imagining a world not yet in existence”- Bono

 

We all know that during the sixties, everyone was doing drugs. We see it as time of personal exploration, of questioning, of experimenting, and most importantly as a time where it was possible to dream of a better world. Much of the culture mood grew out of the youth’s exposure to LSD. For the first in American history, a drug became a significant force in shaping culture. Many described LSD as having life changing effects, one that dramatically altered their way of viewing the world. It fit well with the generation of the 1960s, who wanted to change the world through “peace and love.” An examination of the history of LSD, is a lens from which to understand the counterculture movement.

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