The US government has always been shady, but in the 50s, at least some of the shady stuff they got up to was interesting.
Like the weird LSD experiments they did where they fed humans measured quantities of the hallucinogenic while monitoring their behaviour.
One particularly shady but intriguing experiment was administered care of University of California-Irvine psychiatrist and acid enthusiast, Oscar Janiger. Janiger gave an unnamed artist ‘military strength’ LSD-25 in controlled doses over an eight-hour period, and asked him to use some crayons to document his surroundings throughout his trip. He chose to draw the administering doctor eight times.
Somehow, the illustrations surfaced and were uploaded to the internet, and now we can all bask in the infinite glory of his sixth drawing, accompanied by these notes from the doctor:
Patient tries to climb into activity box, and is generally agitated – responds slowly to the suggestion he might like to draw some more. He has become largely none verbal. ‘I am… everything is… changed… they’re calling… your face… interwoven… who is…’ Patient mumbles inaudibly to a tune (sounds like ‘Thanks for the memory’).
God bless the USA.
First drawing is done 20 minutes after the first dose (50ug)
85 minutes after 1st dose & 20 mins after a 2nd has been administered (50ug + 50ug)