Hofmann’s Potion

This documentary offers a compassionate, open-minded look at LSD and how it fits into our world. Long before Timothy Leary urged a generation to “tune in, turn on and drop out,” the drug was hailed as a way to treat forms of addiction and mental illness. At the same time, it was being touted as a powerful tool for mental exploration and self-understanding.

Featuring interviews with LSD pioneers, beautiful music and stunning cinematography, this is much more than a simple chronicle of LSD’s early days. It’s an alternative way of looking at the drug… and our world.

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  1. It is a great endogenic substance to be treated with great respect. In our everyday life, our spirits are just imprisoned in our bodily armors. These armors are meant to protect our spirits but are also a considerable inconvenience to them. What taking LSD does, it allows our spirits to expand outside of the armor. A bit like taking your feet for a rest after they have been walking in shoes that were too small for them. The spirit feels “at home” and so happy to be able to “breathe”.

    Under the influence of the substance, the spirit has a much greater perception of the world, but due to its current condition, (I feel for some reason that it is due to the soul staying at that time in a physical body) it is also exposing itself to forces and harms from other realms (it’s like taking a dip in the ocean, you might stay close to the shore or venture a bit too far, with the consequences you can think of). Things and people are exposed for what/who they are, some other forces (spirits) inhabiting some spaces might be felt as well (good and bad vibes are a real thing).
    For this reason, it is necessary to proceed with care, respect and caution. A good person, approaching the experience with gentleness and humility, will experience a very spiritual feeling that is wonderful.

    There is first this joy of the universe that springs through the experimenter, (t.e.) it is incredibly intense and makes t.e. laugh uncontrollably and t.e. feel energized. Then comes this expanded awareness with a deep connection to what lays deep in t.e.’s soul. Having a meal or a shower under the influence of LSD is an incredible feeling, and there are the things t.e. may see, perceive or encounter during the trip, to finish with the afterglow, many hours later. If the substance likes t.e., t.e. will be able to stay in spiritual contact months, years later in your life. T.e. stays in some kind of telepathic touch, it might call t.e. at times (“yes!, here!, now!”), or might say “no” to t.e. at an invitation from the user at other times (set-setting).

    Not everyone is interested in the spiritual dimension this molecule has the ability to unlock in brains with the right chemo-receptors. Some people might take it just for frills and fun during parties, raves, dances, etc. Even if I do understand the certain appeal of it, my trials with the substance have always called me on the deep spiritual side of the experience, and I can only imagine myself taking it as “oxygen for my soul”, not an artifice to enjoy a party.

  2. As a user of LSD and other substances like it. This just made me grin and smile the whole time watching because i could relate all so well. LSD has made me a better person and i’m happier then I ever thought possible. It brought me out of a very dark depression to being enlightened.

  3. Wow. Really absorbing – for someone like me, quite conservative generally, this was an eye-opening exploration of what it might mean to experience psychedelia.  I recommend this fascinating documentary.

  4. Spot on, to the T! If I had to describe lsd and the affect it has had on my life, Hoffman and Albert have said it.