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(19,737 posts)
Sun Jan 2, 2022, 05:50 PM Jan 2022

LSD Residue On 1960s Synth Sends Repair Tech On Accidental "Trip" [Watch]

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, more commonly known amongst the cool kids as “LSD,” has been the culprit of countless wild adventures since its psychedelic properties were accidentally discovered by Swiss chemist Albert Hofman in 1938. One of the more recent stories involving the hallucinogenic drug brings back memories of the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s, when musicians and adventurous minds alike would use LSD for liberation from the squares of normal society.

According to a fascinating new report from San Francisco-based news outlet KPIX 5, one of their own Broadcast Operations Managers recently stumbled upon a vintage Buchla Model 100 synthesizer. While attempting to repair it, the technician unexpectedly ingested a dose of LSD from residue which had apparently remained on the digital instrument from many years ago.

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Last year, a technician manager named Eliot Curtis had volunteered to repair a vintage synth owned by Cal State East Bay. The instrument was initially brought into the university’s ownership by a pair of avant-garde musicians who taught in the school’s music department back in the 1960s. The synth eventually fell out of favor with the curriculum and was stored in a cool, dark closet where it was left for decades—allowing for the ideal conditions for keeping LSD’s potency intact over a long period of time.

While attempting to repair the old piece of music equipment, Curtis discovered a crystalline-like residue stuck under one of the knobs and attempted to remove it using his fingers. It turns out that residue was leftover LSD from the bygone era, and within an hour Curtis had begun to feel the effects of the mind-altering substance. What began as tingling in his fingers eventually stuck around for nine hours as Curtis continued to feel how the drug was impacting his nervous system. Fun times, right?


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LSD Residue On 1960s Synth Sends Repair Tech On Accidental "Trip" [Watch] (Original Post) orangecrush Jan 2022 OP
That's his story and he's sticking with it 😉 CentralMass Jan 2022 #1
... orangecrush Jan 2022 #12
damn....9 Hours? FirstLight Jan 2022 #2
It's called a trip for a reason crud Jan 2022 #4
9 hour PEAK orangecrush Jan 2022 #10
Long strange trip gets even longer, stranger Blue Owl Jan 2022 #3
Much orangecrush Jan 2022 #9
I'm not sure I believe the story but if it is - Cool! walkingman Jan 2022 #5
From NPR orangecrush Jan 2022 #8
That's for sure.... walkingman Jan 2022 #14
Would sacrifice my left arm to try Owsley Acid RFCalifornia Jan 2022 #6
+1 orangecrush Jan 2022 #7
I'd wager large that some of Owsley's work is in collections of Rock posters. Boxerfan Jan 2022 #11
Haven't seen any orangecrush Jan 2022 #13
LSD and mushrooms were so much fun madville Jan 2022 #15
Especially orangecrush Jan 2022 #16
This message was self-deleted by its author CentralMass Jan 2022 #17
Well, if the stuff was from the 60s, Mr.Bill Jan 2022 #18
.... orangecrush Jan 2022 #19
Not if you buy in bulk. Mr.Bill Jan 2022 #20
I was a dabbler orangecrush Jan 2022 #21
Can I have some? Wicked Blue Jan 2022 #22


(13,411 posts)
2. damn....9 Hours?
Sun Jan 2, 2022, 06:11 PM
Jan 2022

That is definitely some strong stuff, that it can have that effect 50+ years later!

And the worst part is that you can't just "make it stop"


(636 posts)
4. It's called a trip for a reason
Sun Jan 2, 2022, 06:50 PM
Jan 2022

You have to plan your day around it, kinda like going to the amusement park or beach without leaving the house.


(19,737 posts)
10. 9 hour PEAK
Sun Jan 2, 2022, 08:21 PM
Jan 2022

Was common on good stuff like Orange Sunshine.

Count about 1 to 2 hours going up, and more for landing.

All phases were interesting.


(2,533 posts)
11. I'd wager large that some of Owsley's work is in collections of Rock posters.
Sun Jan 2, 2022, 08:22 PM
Jan 2022

He made a few large posters entirely soaked in LSD-or so the story goes.

If just kept as a collectable poster the same conditions might allow it to stay fully potent. I know my Mom had some sheet acid she kept in her wallet for years before we stole some. It had not lost anything potency wise.


(19,737 posts)
13. Haven't seen any
Sun Jan 2, 2022, 08:26 PM
Jan 2022

Since long after the statute of limitations ran out.

I imagine storage conditions would be the determining factor.


(7,413 posts)
15. LSD and mushrooms were so much fun
Sun Jan 2, 2022, 09:23 PM
Jan 2022

I couldn’t imagine getting hit with it unexpectedly 30 years later though lol

Response to madville (Reply #15)


(24,438 posts)
20. Not if you buy in bulk.
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 09:18 PM
Jan 2022

When you considered the food you wouldn't be interested in eating for the next 12 hours, it was a break even deal.

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