1951

1951 Dr. Albert Hofmann isolates the psychoactive `Psylocibin` from the `magic mushrooms` brought to him by the english banker Gordon Wasson, as well as LSA from the `Ololiqui` seeds, two ceremonial drugs from Mexico. The new discovery is that LSD belongs to the family of sacred native mexican witchcraft plants. *** Albert Hofmann tripped on LSD with writer Ernst J√ľnger *** Operation Bluebird is renamed `Operation Artichoke`, as the CIA`s drug program becomes more ambitious and wide ranging. *** US biochemical weapon expert and CIA agent Frank Olson travels to Point-Saint-Spirit in France, where he is involved in a secret MK-DELTA experiment known as Project SPAN. An LSD-like ergot compound is covertly sprayed on the French public. The citizens are suddenly and mysteriously struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people die, dozens are interned in asylums and hundreds afflicted

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