A review in the NY Times
Â“The brown acid that is circulating around us is not specifically too good,Â” an announcer memorably intoned all those years ago at Woodstock, magnifying LSDÂ’s already bad reputation among Establishment Americans. If hippie freaks were warning other hippie freaks away from it, it must be nasty stuff indeed.
Now, as the 40th anniversary of Woodstock fades in the rearview mirror, the National Geographic Channel is giving LSD a second chance, as it were. On Tuesday night in its Â“ExplorerÂ” series, Â“INSIDE LSDÂ” talks to scientists and therapists who are examining the narcotic anew, trying to learn specifically how it works in the brain and whether it might have uses that Jerry Garcia never envisioned. The program, as its narrator, Peter Coyote, says, is an attempt Â“to separate the myth from the molecule.Â”
One segment explores the possibility that some form of LSD could help sufferers of cluster headaches, and its footage of one such sufferer in the throes of an attack leaves you wishing the poor fellow relief no matter where it might come from. In another part of the program, a woman with terminal cancer talks about how an LSD trip helped her break free of the anxiety about death that was consuming her final months.
Â“It was my faith coming back to me,Â” she says, describing the feeling brought on by the drug. Â“My faith that thereÂ’s something out there."