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DATE: 1968

LENGTH: 29 min

CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Research & Documentation, Sound, Color

DIRECTOR: Max Miller



Seemingly intended to educate, shock, and frighten all at once, LSD: Insight or Insanity?, is 29 minutes of medical and moralistic anti-drug propaganda. With dramatic scenes of near-carnage, white-coated experts, and Sal Mineo narrating, the film warns teens against peer pressure, rebellion, mistrust of authority, and the psychological and physical dangers of thrill-seeking drugs….Read The Essay

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Film Stills from LSD: Insight or Insanity?

Listen to 1966 Senate hearings on LSD chaired by Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY)

In 1966, several Senate committees held hearings about LSD, driven by fears of abuse on college campuses in particular. A subcommittee led by Robert Kennedy compelled testimony from representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, and other U.S. government agencies to explore the role of the government in regulating the drug and overseeing research. Kennedy was in favor of more research, especially in the area of mental health.

Excerpts from Hearings of the Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization of the Senate Committee on Government Operations concerning federal drug research and regulation of LSD, May 24, 1966 [NLM Historical Audiovisuals accession #2001-02]

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LSD images in Open-i

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LSD in PubMed Central

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In the News

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LSD to Cure Depression? Not so Fast. By Richard A. Friedman, February 13, 2017
A writer for the New York Times argues the possible benefits of LSD are overstated.

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LSD Could Make You Smarter, Happier, and Healthier. Should We All Try It? By Daniel Miller, April 1, 2016
A writer for The Washington Post discusses the therapeutic use of LSD and other psychedelics.

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