The Time The U.S. Government Gave Citizens a Free Acid Trip

Learn about how the United States started human experiments that injected LSD into participants and monitored the effects in an attempt to weaponize these drugs against the Soviets.

Photo by Everett/Shutterstock (10278173a) Dr. Harry L. Williams squirts LSD from a syringe into the mouth of Carl Curt Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. (1908‒1988) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, 1955. Dr. Pfeiffer performed experiments in behavior control for the CIA, researching the effects of LSD on prisoners in Atlanta and Bordentown, N.J. in the 1950s and 1960s. Historical Collection

Welcome back everyone! Today, we have a story time history lesson that will prove to you all just how crazy U.S. history actually was. Where are we starting our story? Well, in the middle of the height of the Cold War. You know, the war that was less of actual fighting and killing and more of psychological warfare. The U.S. government was terrified that the Soviets, Chinese, and North Korean agents were using mind control and brainwashing tactics against U.S. prisoners of war in Korea. So, what did we do? Well, we started human experiments that injected LSD into participants and monitored the effects. This was known as MK-Ultra.

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