The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD
In 1943, the year in which the first Atom bomb was built, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann accidentally discovered a hitherto unknown substance in his research lab. After experimenting with it on himself, he realised that it was an extremely potent drug that radically alters human perception. Little did he know that his LSD would change the world. In the 1950s, psychiatrists started using the substance for medical purposes to decipher how the human psyche works. When the "atom bomb of the mind" found its way from the hospitals to the general public at the beginning of the 1960s, things started accelerating LSD seemed to be made for affluent society dropouts. But at the beginning of the 1970s, the unpredictable substance landed on the black list. Today, some psychedelic substances are being used for lawful purposes for the first time. Will LSD finally become the remedy Albert Hofmann thought it was? Told using previously unreleased archive footage, with interviews from principal witnesses and Hofmann himself; The Substance is a fascinating investigation into our troubled relation with LSD.
Starring Hanspeter Müller, Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof
Director Martin Witz