This wooman was filmed tripping on LSD as part of a television program on mental health issues in 1956.
via NY Daily News:
An author writing a biography on three important figures of the early psychedelic era has discovered some surprising video footage of a prim 1950s housewife tripping on acid.
In the black-and-white video, which is from 1956, the woman sits and chats with a researcher before drinking a glassful of water containing a small amount of LSD.
The video then returns to the woman some three hours later, according to the announcer, when she is apparently high off her rocker.
Don Lattin, an author of four books including “The Harvard Psychedelic Club,” found the video during his research on British writer Aldous Huxley, philosopher Gerald Heard and Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, who were prominent thinkers and writers about the effects of hallucinogenics in the 1950s and ’60s.
The researcher in the video, Dr. Sidney Cohen, was conducting experiments by dosing volunteers at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles for a program about mental health issues, according to Lattin.
Cohen was a leading authority on mind-altering drugs and one of the first to warn about the dangers of LSD, according to an obituary in The New York Times.
The woman does not give her name but says her husband works at the hospital.
Throughout the video, the woman handles her trip like an old pro, remaining calm as Cohen gently prods her to describe what she is seeing and feeling.
“It’s here, can’t you feel it?” the woman says. “This whole room, everything is in color and I can feel the air, I can see it. I can see all the molecules. I’m part of it. Can’t you see it?”
Cohen responds that he is trying, and then asks her how she feels inside.
“I don’t have an inside,” the woman says.
In the end, words, at least as we know them, appear to fail her.
“I wish I could talk in Technicolor,” she says.
“I can’t tell you about it. If you can’t see it, you’ll just never know it,” she adds. “I feel sorry for you.”
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