Thursday, 4 September 2008

(The original) Captain Trips

Al Hubbard (1901--August 31, 1982) became a 'freelance' apostle for the drug LSD in the early 1950s. The controversial "Captain" Al Hubbard is considered to be as important to the history of LSD as Aldous Huxley or Dr. Timothy Leary.Although he had no medical training, during the 1950s Hubbard worked at the Hollywood Hospital with Ross McLean, psychiatrists Abram Hoffer, Dr. Humphry Osmond, Myron Stolaroff at the International Federation for Advanced Study in Menlo Park, and with Willis Harman at Stanford Research Institute, running psychedelic sessions with LSD.At various times over the next twenty years, Hubbard also reportedly worked for the Canadian Special Services, the United States Justice Department, and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Hubbard is reputed to have introduced more than 6,000 people to LSD, including scientists, politicians, intelligence officials, diplomats, and church figures. He became known as the original "Captain Trips", travelling about with a leather case containing pharmaceutically pure LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin.

See the video with interviews with Stolaroff, Osmond, Laura Huxley and other well known psychedelic elders...

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