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How you gonna see me now
Please don’t see me ugly babe
‘Cause I know I let you down
In oh so many ways

Albert Hofmann, father of mind-altering drug LSD, dies at 102

GENEVA – Albert Hofmann, the father of the mind-altering drug LSD whose medical discovery grew into a notorious “problem child,” has died. He was 102.

Hofmann died Tuesday at his home in Burg im Leimental, said Doris Stuker, a municipal clerk in the village near Basel where Hofmann moved following his retirement in 1971.

Hofmann’s hallucinogen inspired – and arguably corrupted – millions in the 1960s hippie generation. For decades after LSD was banned in the late 1960s, Hofmann defended his invention.

“I produced the substance as a medicine. … It’s not my fault if people abused it,” he once said.

I’m on my way, it’s you I turn to
How many days have I to love you
I got to say this is inside me
I’ve got to have someone to guide me
Hate it when you leave, hate it when you leave
Hate it when you’re leaving me

Hofmann himself took the drug – purportedly on an occasional basis and out of scientific interest – for several decades.

“LSD can help open your eyes,” he once said. “But there are other ways – meditation, dance, music, fasting.”

Her dog day’s just begun
Now everybody is on the run
What did her daddy do?
It’s Janie’s last I.O.U.
She had to take him down easy and put a bullet in his brain
She said ’cause nobody believes me. The man was such a sleeze.
He ain’t never gonna be the same.

Even so, the self-described “father” of LSD readily agreed that the drug was dangerous if in the wrong hands. This was reflected by the title of his 1979 book: “LSD – my problem child.”

In it he wrote that, “The history of LSD to date amply demonstrates the catastrophic consequences that can ensue when its profound effect is misjudged and the substance is mistaken for a pleasure drug.”

Ako’y may kaibigan
at sya’y nahihirapan
handa na ba kayong lahat
upang sya’y tulungan
Ang himig natin
ang inyong awitin
upang tayo’y magsama-sama
sa langit ng pag-asa

Hofmann’s last public appearance was at a Basel ceremony honoring him on his 100th birthday.

“This is really a high point in my advanced age,” Hofmann said. “You could say it is a consciousness-raising experience without LSD.”

How you gonna see me now

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