This ’50s housewife really loved being on acid

Dr. Sidney Cohen spent his career arguing for the psychotherapeutic uses of lysergic acid diethylamide. But in rare footage from his 1950s experiments, a test subject chosen for her normality reveals the drug’s other application: mind-blowing realignment of the senses.

Although the young housewife dropping Cohen’s dose of acid is “a little nervous” at the outset of her trip, she seems quite at ease a few hours in. “It’s here, can’t you feel it?” she smilingly asks, mentioning that she can spot individual molecules in the air. “I wish I could talk in Technicolor. I can’t tell you about it,” she concludes when pressed for details of her strange experience. “If you can’t see it, then you’ll just never know it… I feel sorry for you.”

Yeah, I think I can see how hippies became a thing.

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'