This ’50s housewife really loved being on acid

'It's like you're released, or you're free, or... I don't even know.'


Miles Klee


Published Mar 24, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 5:53 am CDT

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.

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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.”

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

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*First Published: Mar 24, 2015, 7:38 pm CDT