The Substance: Albert Hofmann’s LSD

1 hr, 29 mins2011

In 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann made a sensational discovery: a powerful molecule with the power to alter both the scientific world and human perception itself. But did its benefits outweigh its dangers? It is a drug so potent that mere fractions of a milligram can turn a subject’s perception of time and space upside down. The Substance: Albert Hofmann’s LSD investigates the discovery and history of LSD in a fascinating historical, scientific and cinematic trip.

In the early 1960s, Hofmann’s “miracle drug” escaped from the lab. The psychedelic substance appealed to the counterculture: hippies, protesters and dropouts. Could LSD be a fuel for social and political revolution? “Turn on, tune in, drop out!” proclaimed LSD champion Timothy Leary, and hundreds of thousands followed him into a world of LSD-induced experimentation. Could spiritual peace be achieved at the flick of a chemical switch?