In the 1950s the US government did wild experiments with psychotomimetic drugs such as LSD in order to see what kind of effect they have on the human mind. One of these experiments was led by Oscar Janiger, a professor from the University of California-Irvine, who have an artist a box of crayons and asked him to draw while under the effects of LSD. The artist drew 9 pictures (which you can see below) which show the shocking effect of the drug on our mind.
In the beginning, the drawings are pretty normal, but as time passes they grow weirder and weirder. In the end, the artist drew horrifying yet wonderful imagery, which clearly shows how LSD works on our brain in stages. Here are the 9 images:
20 minutes after the first dose of 50 mg. LSD
During the first 20 minutes, Janiger noted that everything is normal thus far.
85 minutes after the first dose, and 20 minutes after the second
At this time, the patient was euphoric. He stated that he sees things more clearly, but is having a bit of trouble controlling his pencil.
2 and a half hours after the first LSD dose
As you can see in the picture, the outlines seem normal, but things are more vivid and it’s clear that the patient is seeing everything in other colors. He is very focused on the drawing. “It feels like my consciousness is situated in my elbow, hand and tongue,” he said.
2 hours, 32 minutes after the first LSD dose
After more than 2 hours, it’s clear that the artist is having problems with the grip on reality. “The outlines in my head are normal, but what I’m drawing isn’t. I’ll try again,” he said.
2 hours, 35 minutes after the first LSD dose
3 minutes later, it’s clear that the drug is in full effect. The lines of the drawing are getting pretty distorted, and the portrait is losing its normal shape.
2 hours, 45 minutes after the first LSD dose
Things are getting trippy – the artist was pretty agitated at this time and became non-verbal. Janiger notes that he’s mumbling a tune.
4 hours, 25 minutes after the first LSD dose
The patient has been resting on his bed for the last 2 hours, waving his hands in the air. He suddenly returns to the activity box and starts drawing, although with water colors now. “This will be my best one, but I should be careful not to lose control over my movements,” he says.
5 hours, 45 minutes after the first LSD dose
The patient is strolling around the room for an hour and a half before he starts drawing again. He says that the pencil is “mighty hard to hold” and draws a trippy portrait which clearly shows that the effect is wearing off. The portrait is again starting to take a normal shape.
8 hours after the first LSD dose
The patient sits on his bed and concludes that the effect of the drug is worn off, although he still sees distorted faces here and there. The final drawing is probably his best, although he isn’t satisfied with it. “I want to go home now,” he says before leaving the facility.
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