1943 CE
Albert Hofmann becomes the first person to experience LSD

In 1943, 5 years after synthesizing LSD, Albert Hofmann accidentally ingests a small dose of the substance. He reported seeing "an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with kaleidoscope like play of colors." Three days later, on April 19th, he takes another (this time intentional) dose of the drug and, escorted by his assistant, he rides his bicycle home. April 19, 1943 would become known as "Bicycle Day."

Hoffman describes the effects LSD had on him during the bicycle ride home:

"I had to struggle to speak intelligibly. I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use. On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly."

Source: Luftglass D. et al. (2013). The History of LSD. Prezi.com.

Drugs: LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
Regions: Switzerland