The CIA's obsession with LSD in the water supply


25 Responses to “The CIA's obsession with LSD in the water supply”

  1. ScienceMikey says:

    More than once back in the ’50s, Soupy Sales showed a brief film clip of a cat freaked out by a mouse for comedic effect. Much later, I found out that the film had been made by the CIA, and the cat had been dosed with LSD as an experiment. How Soupy and his crew got a hold of classified CIA film footage has always been beyond me, but I’m glad that I saw it!

  2. nutbastard says:

    bonus points if someone photoshops that sentence, by the way.

  3. davegroff says:

    This was my favourite Get Smart episode…

  4. billstewart says:

    Well, at least we have the CIA’s LSD obsession to thank for introducing Ken Kesey and his friends to the stuff…

  5. Anonymous says:

    #24, that’s the same article mentioned in #1′s link; It was debunked by both a historian and a chemist.

  6. Kurt says:

    There is conspiracy theory that the CIA actually did mass dose the French town of Pont Saint Esprit.

  7. Ambiguity says:

    If you do the math, it’s about 75 million good doses (250-ish micrograms). At today’s 50-ish microgram doses, yeah, it could be a couple of hundred million.

    A billion dollar street value? That’s about $13-14 a dose. Probably a reasonable price, ignoring volume discounts (I imagine if you pull up to someone who sells LSD and ask for, say, 25 million doses, they may be willing to provide a discount).

    Dosing people without their knowledge and consent is evil and rude…on the other hand, I’m feeling strangely thirsty right now…

    Where’s my missile silo?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The simple reason the CIA thought that people were going to Dose the water supply in the USA is due the the FACT that the CIA did this to a town’s water supply in 1951

    I am disappointed that you didn’t include the Crucial bit of information.

    • toupeira says:

      Do you have a better source for this supposed “FACT” than the “Worst Science Article of the Week”?

      • Anonymous says:

        Correction, and article called the worst science article of the week that also has a paragraph saying that this ‘theory’ doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

        “Now, The Telegraph reports that the incident was not “ergotism” caused by the fungus, as previously believed, but was actually a bad trip caused by the CIA, which had spiked the village bread with LSD, or maybe just sprayed LSD into the air. Quite a story, huh? Too bad it doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    The Pont Saint Esprit LSD conspiracy was actually covered in recent High Times article. Who knew that High Times could do such great reporting!

    • Anonymous says:

      High Times magazine also broke the CIA crack cocaine connection in 1988 almost a DECADE before the San Jose paper.

  10. HorizonsNyc says:

    For those of you who are interested in “this kind of thing”, there is an upcoming conference about psychedelics in New York City on September 24-26th called Horizons.

    There will be presentations about ongoing medical research using psychedelics from NYU, Johns Hopkins, the University of Hannover, Germany, and also talks on public policy, history, culture and spirituality.

    Learn all about us at We are a non-profit educational organization.

  11. Anonymous says:

    How seriously can we take a story about an agent named Catch’em?

  12. inness says:

    Let me give a shout out to my long-time friend and all around paranoid/right-wing freak Todd Brendan Fahey, whose novel Wisdom’s Maw envisions a world in which the Beats are actually intentionally subverted by Sandoz and others. If you like this, you’ll like the book. Too much of what we suspect has at least a sliver of genesis in truth.

  13. rebus says:

    Keep this article in mind when the “Rapture” occurs.

  14. MrHarley says:

    Mandrake, have you ever seen a Commie drink a glass of water?

    I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

  15. dculberson says:

    “This was enough acid for several hundred million doses”

    Maybe if you’re a frat boy just hitting Amsterdam for the first time, but I doubt it would have last me the weekend.

  16. ill lich says:

    So. . . what happened to those several hundred million doses?

  17. Phikus says:

    Good thing Batman was there to stop the Scarecrow from pulling off his fiendish plot.

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