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By Stephen Siff

Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD really entered the yankee awareness through the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar panorama scoured of appealing descriptions of drug use whereas retailers around the media panorama piggybacked on their assurance with tales via turns sensationalized and glowing.


Acid Hype bargains the untold story of LSD's wild trip from Brylcreem and Ivory cleaning soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff indicates, the early recognition lavished at the drug via the inside track media glorified its use in remedies for psychological affliction but additionally its prestige as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the subconscious brain. Siff's historical past takes readers to the guts of the way well known media hyped psychedelic medicines in a regularly moving felony and social setting, generating an tricky dating among medicinal drugs and media event that got here to outline modern popular culture. It additionally lines how the breathless insurance of LSD gave approach to a textbook ethical panic, reworking yesterday's sophisticated seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out past the perimeter of well mannered society.

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