portraits on LSD; U.S. Government Studies.

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"2 hours 45 minutes AFTER 1ST DOSE.

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). He changes medium to Tempera."

Experiment done by an artist under the influence of LSD - part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late

"5 HOURS 45 MINUTES AFTER 1ST DOSE.

Patient continues to move about the room, intersecting the space in complex variations. It's an hour and a half before he settles down to draw again - he appears over the effects of the drug.

'I can feel my knees again, I think it's starting to wear off. This is a pretty good drawing - this pencil is mighty hard to hold' - (he is holding a crayon)."

In the several psychiatrists conducted studies on the effects of LSD, or acid, on creativity. These nine drawings were made in sequence as an artist progressed through an acid trip.

"8 HOURS AFTER 1ST DOSE.

Patient sits on bunk bed. He reports the intoxication has worn off except for the occational distorting of our faces. We ask for a final drawing which he performs with little enthusiasm.

'I have nothing to say about this last drawing, it is bad and uninteresting, I want to go home now.'"

In the several psychiatrists conducted studies on the effects of LSD, or acid, on creativity. These nine drawings were made in sequence as an artist progressed through an acid trip.

"2 HOURS 35 MINUTES AFTER 1st DOSE.

Patient follows quickly with another drawing.

'I'll do a drawing in one flourish... without stopping... one line, no break!'

Upon completing the drawing the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor."

The acid test - Artist under the influence of LSD

"85 minutes after first dose and 20 minutes after a second dose has been administered (50ug + 50ug)

The patient seems euphoric.

'I can see you clearly, so clearly. This... you... it's all ... I'm having a little trouble controlling this pencil. It seems to want to keep going.'"

Time: 85 Minutes After First Dose And 20 Minutes After A Second Dose Has Been Administered +

"2 HOURS 30 MINUTES AFTER 1st DOSE.

Patient appears very focus on the business of drawing.

'Outlines seem normal, but very vivid - everything is changing colour. My hand must follow the bold sweep of the lines. I feel as if my consciousness is situated in the part of my body that's now active - my hand, my elbow... my tongue'."

The acid test - Artist under the influence of LSD

"2 HOURS 32 MINUTES AFTER 1st DOSE.

Patient seems gripped by his pad of paper.

'I'm trying another drawing. The outlines of the model are normal, but now those of my drawing are not. The outline of my hand is going weird too. It's not a very good drawing is it? I give up - I'll try again...'"

Here is an LSD art experiment that visually depicts the abstract states this artist experienced while tripping on acid.

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