(KPIX) A growing number of Bay Area professionals are taking what they call a wonder drug to ramp up their job performance and stoke their problem-solving abilities. They are using tiny bits of an illegal psychedelic drug that came to the nation’s attention in the 1960s – the hallucinogen called lysergic acid diethylamide-25 or LSD.
In the 60s, an unprecedented number of young people flocked to San Francisco, seeing the world in a different light – in part, because of psychedelics.
Timothy Leary, a well-known psychologist and controversial advocate for the drug at the time, popularized the catchphrase "turn on, tune in, and drop out." In 1968, he told a KPIX reporter, "No one should take LSD unless they are in a state of grace."
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