The effects of psychedelic drug LSD are widely known. Even if you've never done LSD (or acid), you're probably aware of its hallucinogenic effects. It changes your perceptions of the world around you, sending you on a "trip."
LSD is often associated with the hippie movement of the late '60s. It was a time when people were experimenting with many drugs, for better or for worse. But the hippies weren't the only ones doing the experiments.
Some uncovered drawings were found from an LSD experiment conducted in the '50s or early '60s. In the experiment, an artist was given acid and then asked to draw the person conducting the experiment. Then more acid was given, and another drawing was made by the same artist.
The exact records associated with the drawings have been lost. However, according to Yale psychedelic drug researcher Andrew Sewell (pictured), "I believe the pictures are from an experiment conducted by the psychiatrist Oscar Janiger starting in 1954 and continuing for seven years, during which time he gave LSD to over 100 professional artists and measured its effects on their artistic output and creative ability. Over 250 drawings and paintings were produced."
2 hours and 30 minutes after the first dose, the next drawing has become more minimal. Records indicate that the artist said, "I feel as if my consciousness is situated in the part of my body that's now active - my hand, my elbow... my tongue."
With the fourth drawing, there's a tremendous change. The figure on the paper no longer resembles a person, or anything at all. Even more intriguing, this drawing was made just two minutes after the third drawing.
Just three minutes later, the artist made the fifth drawing. It was done with one continuous line, no breaks. Afterwards, "the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor," according to records.
Records say that after the sixth drawing, the artist climbed into a box. Then he became agitated, and was mostly non-verbal. But the artist managed to get out the words, "I am... everything is... changed... they're calling... your face... interwoven... who is..."
Eight hours after the first dose, the artist made his final drawing. After several drawings that were incredibly abstract, this one most likely looked the most like its subject. So what did the artist think of this last one?
The artist said the effects had just about worn off before making the final drawing. Afterwards, he said, "I have nothing to say about this last drawing. It is bad an uninteresting." He then added, "I want to go home now."