1957 Life Magazine`s publication of Gordon Wasson`s adventure with `magic` mushrooms introduces the notion of psychedelic experience to a mainstream audience. Mrs. Wasson publishes her account in `This Week`. *** Hofmann synthesizes Psylocibin, the active agent of the mexican mushrooms and the CIA immediately purchases these pills for experiments. *** Humphrey Osmond introduces the term `Psychedelic` at the New York Academy of Sciences conference. His research team in Saskatchewan begins using single high doses of LSD in therapy with alcoholics; an approach adopted also by Ron Hubbard (Church of Scientology founder) at the Hollywood Hospital in Vancouver.

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