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Psychedelic New York: A Short History of LSD in a Global Metropolis
In the standard narratives surrounding the history of LSD and psychedelics, the American West coast looms large and has obscured other parts of the country like New York City. In fact, Gotham enjoyed a uniquely rich psychedelic moment from the late 1950s onward by virtue of its proximity to a Sandoz plant in New Jersey that was manufacturing LSD and psilocybin, which easily found a receptive audience in Greenwich Village – the country’s capital urban Bohemia. As an international hub for finance, media, and the arts, the city gave rise to a unique psychedelic culture that reached a broad range of New Yorkers. While the end of the decade saw important changes that greatly affected this culture, a closer examination reveals that psychedelic drug use did not disappear with the 1960s, at a time when the metropolis was on the brink of bankruptcy. The sixth speaker in the Centre for Access to Information and Justice (CAIJ) Psychedelics: Past, Present, Future Webinar Series.

Dec 9, 2021 03:00 PM in Halifax

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