The evolution of use of cocaine and LSD is interesting. With doctors and writers using both as medication in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, it is interesting to see how its use has changed.
As we learned in lecture cocaine was used in almost everything as medicine because people believed it was beneficial. Sigmund freud is one doctor who not only used cocaine for medicine but recommended it and had patients use it. It wasn't until one of his patients passed during a procedure due to an overdose where he began to question the abilities of this drug. It wasn't until 1914 that the drug was viewed as dangerous by the FDA in the US.
Another popular drug that was widely used in medicine before its effects were known to the public was LSD. LSD stands for Lysergic acid diethylamide, this is a powerful hallucinogen but before this was known it was used for medical use as well. It wasn't until Albert Hofman took a second look at his medicine and self medicated where he entered a psychedelic high, which is modernly called a "trip." It wasn't until 1962 when the government first recognized this drug as harmful.
Since these times there has been a lot of research as to how these drug are harmful to our health; cocaine use can cause irritability, restlessness, paranoia, and many other things and LSD brings long term hallucinations that last with the user years after their last trip. Even though these drugs are harmful to our health, they allow people to see life through a new perspective. Its uniqueness is very valuable in a sense that it is a one of a kind experience that no body else gets to experience but you.
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