Blotter Art Dealing
Blotter Art History
for examples, see Thom Lyttle Gallery
. LSD blotter art printing an illustration of blue crests with different insignias. Signed by Albert Hofmann, who discovered LSD, and Timothy Leary, it's foremost proponent. Additionally, this is a presentation copy inscribed by Leary to Hofmann: "To my main pal Al!!" According to Tom Lyttle who organized the signing of the sheets, and documented by the correspondence between the participants, disagreements arose that resulted in only 12 sheets being signed by both Hofmann and Timothy Leary. This presentation sheet from Leary to Hofmann is unique and the association could not be more spectacular given Leary's immense admiration for Hofmann and the effect that Hofmann's discovery of LSD had on Leary's life. Even without the inscription this blotter is considered the Holy Grail by collectors because of the small limitation and the combined signatures of the two most illustrious names in the Psychedelic Revolution. This sheet is the only known inscribed item of any kind to have surfaced linking Leary and Hofmann, making an already rare and desirable item even more so. The sheet measures 7" x 7" and is divided into 1000 perforated hits. As new.
Annie's inky breast is pressed onto authentic, colorful blotter acid art, then highlighted with glittery nail polish, and finally signed by Annie. This is a collaborative piece Annie made with Tom L. and Scott W., two top LSD-culture archivists. Just 100 of these LSD tit prints have been made.Let it be known that they are on "acid free' paper.
Paper: 9.5" x 9.5". Image: 8.5" x 8.5"Signed and dated by AnnieSprinkle.
The Amazing True Story of LSD Blotter-Art Collecting
By Thomas Lyttle
Illegal forms of LSD-25 on sheets of perforated paper began appearing around 1970. Today, most illegal LSD comes on perforated or unperforated blotter-paper. Still illegal, underground LSD comes stamped with logos, art and sold with brand-names. A famous example was the Albert Hoffman 25th Anniversary of LSD” blotter art. Today, blotter-art is so well known that advertisers use undipped blotter-art to promote CD’s, magazines and many “cool” products. “The Entheogen Review” offer blotter-art autographed by LSD discoverer Dr. Albert Hoffman. Conventions like “Mind States” advertises itself using LSD blotter art, inserted into magazines. Non-profit groups like MAPS Multi- Disciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies), the Albert Hoffman Foundation and The River Keeper’s Alliance have gotten substantial donations – believe it or not – from blotter-art brokers.
Finally, LSD gets some of the respect it deserves. Thanks to LSD blotter-art, LSD isn’t just the stuff of head shops or High Times magazine. It’s openly discussed as a serious topic in places that might surprise you. High-end art brokers, auction houses, autograph dealers, memorabilia experts and media experts - all know about LSD blotter-art. The most famous artists, authors, rock and roll stars, celebrities and stars have been involved. Posh, hip galleries host LSD blotter-art shows.
High profile charities are glad to be involved, finding LSD blotter-art funny, relevant and a great idea – not to mention serious business with serious money changing hands. LSD’s idealism is alive and well – and it pays. I suspected creating and selling LSD blotter-art might cause the wrong type of controversy, since we are in a “drug war”. But to my and other art brokers’ surprise, there hasn’t been. This is a wonderful thing considering the amount of witch-hunters and anti-drug crusaders out there.
It’s now OK to say, “I took acid”, buy the same art that started revolutions, changed laws, was illegal as hell. Parents Against Drugs groups, local PTA’s don’t know if this is good or bad, what is represents if anything, not to mention is it promoting the things we hate. And why does it sell so well? LSD after all is still one of the DEA’s favorite whipping boys, lied about as much as MDMA – LSD blotter-art aka blotter acid certainly did get the “this is brain on drugs” mugging in the media. And at the same time, LSD blotter-art – this looks exactly the same as the illegal, immoral stuff they hate and lie about – gets a pat on the back and major media.
Well, who would have thought the exact same perforated blotter-paper and art – minus the LSD – would sell like hotcakes to the same people who denounce LSD, who don’t even flinch. This is hilarious, not mention ironic since I make a good part of my living selling LSD blotter art. I’ve sold my own autographed blotter-art to police departments, drug counselors, DEA officials, Universities. It’s surreal seeing cops or DEA agents buy my blotter-art for office display – and I’m happy for the business - and then go out and bust somebody – prison here we come - for possessing this exact same art. The only difference being what’s inside the art – LSD. Yes, LSD blotter-art gets around, and ends up in the strangest places. On any given day you can purchase 60 brands on Ebay. Then hang LSD blotter-art on your wall or office.
Blotter-paper sheets are professionally perforated into 900 or more tiny ¼ inch squares. Each square is a “dose”, and the doses range in quality and dosage. When someone buys LSD today, they often get a few “hits” removed from a larger sheet. Mostly, nobody would see the larger art designs, just pieces of it. Only the cops and LSD wholesalers got the big picture, so to speak. Among LSD consumers it was great fun “eating the art”, then seeing the world repainted. Different brands of LSD soon appeared. People went LSD shopping with art in mind, wanting certain “brands” stamped with their favorite art. Very funny satirical acid-art started showing up, like “FBI Emblems” and Gorbachev “Gorby” blotter-acid. Every variety of pop art, cartoon characters, religious symbols or political slogans became fair game. LSD blotter art was spreading like wild fire,
The funniest, most satirical, holier-than-thou or downright confusing symbols get chosen – these seem to work the best as brand-names. Various types of occult or religious symbols, pop art, Moire or Pop-art patterns, fractal designs, cartoons really work well. Examples include “Chinese Dragons”, “Micky Mouse Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, “Beavis and Butthead”, “Bart Simpson”, “SouthPark",“Pentagram’s”, “Tetragammaton’s”, “The Eye Of Horus”, “Jesus’ Crucifixion (by Alex Grey)”, “Lucifer (by Reverend Samael)”, “Knights of Malta Crests”, and so on. LSD taking was and is a powerful spiritual experience for many, with political overtones. It also seems to quicken the creative process.
1960’s surrealist painters like Mati Klarwein and Robert Venosa were heavily influenced by LSD, painting the Santana “Abraxas” LP cover. “Abraxas” later appeared in miniature on LSD blotter-art. In San Francisco, underground artists like Stanley Mouse, Anton Kelley, Robert Crumb, Robert Williams and others created designs and characters for rock-and-roll poster art, based on LSD trips. Soon there was illegal “Mr. Natural”, “Flying Eyeballs”, ‘Felix the Cat” and “Goofy” LSD, available as blotter-art. In 2004, “Southpark” and “Beavis and Butthead” blotter-art is the rage.
In 1970’s Europe, H. R. Giger - Savador Dali’s best friend and named successor – had friends like “Mr. Sandoz”. Giger’s books “Necronomicon l”, and “Necronomicon ll” showed costumes, rituals and paintings so realistic, many experienced black-magical vibes, to this day. Giger’s work on the movie “Alien” won him an Academy Award, and accolades from LSD greats Dr. Stanislov Grov and Dr. Timothy Leary. HR Giger and I teamed up in 2002 to promote our favorite psychedelic – LSD. We designed and released hand-numbered, autographed “Giger blotter-art” using the image “Illuminatus l” – based on the work of Robert Anton Wilson’s “Illuminatus”. Retailing at $200.00 apiece, autographed LSD blotter-art was entering the world of serious art collecting and investors. The original 250 Giger’s sold out quickly.
Hollywood producers like Peter Fonda made LSD themed movies like “The Trip” and “Easy Rider” took the image of LSD to new heights. South American producer Allesandro Jadorowski’s “El Topo” took LSD mysticism to new heights. Hollywood was full of LSD and still is, with Cary Grant, Otto Preminger, Roger Corman, Stanley Kubrick and other director’s leading the way. This changed the face of modern cinema – not to mention the movies in our mind.
The great original collector and scene maker was Mark McCloud, a San Francisco art teacher and artist. McCloud’s collection covered everything from the beginning of the 1970’s up to today – literally several hundred types of LSD blotter-art. Most of this art – then an illegal medium for street LSD – was obtained sureptitiously on city streets (somehow) in undipped form. He obtained these sheets, matted and framed them and hung them like fine art or religious artifacts. Soon McCloud was promoting himself and his collection at galleries. National Public Radio gave McCloud exposure and he got art grants from The National Endowment for The Arts, and others. McCloud won first place at the San Francisco County Fair for his unusual but timely “art exhibition”. A highly publicized trial in the late 1990’s saw McCloud busted by the DEA & FBI for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute LSD, supplying chemists and wholesalers with 30,000 perforated sheets of undipped blotter-art. McCloud was acquitted, but his recklessness threw a temporary shadow over legitimate blotter-art dealers having nothing to do with real (and illegal) LSD sales. This was the second “bust” for Mr. McCloud on “conspiracy” charges linking him to illegal LSD sales, and his second “acquittal”. It is estimated that McCloud spent over half a million dollars on his defense, and the prosecution spent unknown amounts of money on a yearlong “stake out” of his home & businesses.
In 1995 The Entheogen Law Reporter headlined with an article titled “Chicago Police Seize 10,000 doses of Conceptual Artwork: Gallery Owner Arrested And Arrest Warrant Issued For Artist” by Rchard Glen Boire, Esq. This article describes the use of a faked medium – in this case “12 quart-sized laboratory bottles filled with an amber colored liquid… 12 bottles were arranged in a row on a small industrial metal table. At the time of the confiscation,”10,000 Doses” was in the front window of the Feigan Gallery, and on the window was emblazoned a four-foot high recipe for making LSD in the kitchen, taken from “The Anarchist Cookbook”. This history book is more novelty than serious threat to law inforcement.However, it remains popular and has gone through dozens of printings for publisher Lyle Stuart since the 1960’s.
All this adds to the seriousness and importance of LSD blotter-art collecting remaining legal, legitimate and part of the art community – not the (so-called) criminal counterculture. And certainly LSD blotter-art collecting is not part of any political revolution or illegal agenda. It is an apolitical and well-established art movement, which in fact has donated almost $20,000 to charities in 2004. Several full-time incomes have been developed out of this business, and a regular community has developed.
In 2004 Adam Stanhope, a well-known New England art & antiquities dealer, published the FBI’s case-file - used by the District Attorney’s Office and the FBI to prosecute Mr. McCloud. This ultra-rare, highly prized book is being sold in various limited editions. Such include hand-numbered, autographed editions with various bindings. Prices range from $500.00 to $2000.00 apiece. This underscores the seriousness of blotter-art remaining legitimate & “just art”.
There are at least 15 full time web sites devoted to blotter-art sales and collecting. Ebay regularly holds 50 to 75 “live” auctions where legitimate dealers and those interested in collecting converge. Galleries around the world hold regular events showcasing LSD blotter-art collecting. Such includes Fort Lauderdale and Miami’s “Galerie Macabre”, “Luna Star Cafe” and “Wild Seductions Gallery”, North Carolina’s __________ gallery, The San Francisco Art Institute, NYC’s Fuse Gallery and many others.
Several important rare book catalogs have mentioned or listed for sale LSD blotter art, including Flashback Books, Sclander’s Books (now called Beat Books), Key-Z Productions, Red Snapper Books and others. Prices range from $100.00 for undipped, unsigned art upwards to $4000.00 for Dr. Albert Hofmann autographed blotter-art. Other expensive listings include art autographed by Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Ram Dass, Tim (or the rarer Timothy) Leary, Paul Krassner, Fat Boy Slim, Howard “Mr. Nice” Marks, Ira Cohen, H.R. Giger, Peter Fonda, Laura Huxley, Annie Sprinkle, Robert Anton Wilson, Alex Grey, John Lilly and many other psychedelic luminaries. Several well-known underground artists like Richard Marx and Reverend Samael have appeared, with original blotter-art for sale, represented by legitimate brokers and galleries.
Blotter-art collecting has gotten so popular counterfeiting occurs from time to time.
Parts of Mark McCloud’s original underground collection has been counterfeited or “sampled”. “Red Lightning Bolts” and “Japanese Crests” have appeared in altered or reprinted versions, for instance. Since the blotter-art originals (from the 1970’s) contained real LSD at one point, many of the original artists were anonymous and remain so. This leaves authentication up to serious collectors, auctioneers and brokers.
Other recent counterfeit cases surround well-known artists H.R.Giger and Alex Grey. Grey’s art has repeatedly been ripped-off and resold as perforated blotter-art all over the world by unscrupulous opportunists. No money goes to the artist or his family when this occurs. H.R. Giger’s “Illuminatus 1” blotter-art (which is copyrighted by the artist) is another example which suffered from counterfeiting. Originally produced by myself with H.R. Giger and Leslie Barany in 2002, this numbered, autographed piece was sold (alongside real Giger blotter-art) for several months. Giger fakes (of poor quality) were discovered being sold at Phish and Other Ones rock concerts, then on Ebay. Threatened legal action stopped this counterfeiting cold.
Legal issues surrounding LASD blotter-art have been minimal. I recently went into British Columbia carrying about 50 sheets of signed and unsigned blotter-art, and was stopped by customs. They knew immediately what it was (or was supposed to be). After about an hout long lecture – one of my best and funniest – a crowd of customs officials were drawn to the conversation. They immediately recognized that this was only art, albeit controversial and creative. Customs seemed amused enough, but at no time did tests or removed anything from my collection for review. I walked right into BC. Canada with my perforated sheets of blotter-acid art, selling several to collectors, with a great new story to boot.
Some of the major players involved with collecting classic blotter-art, collecting new blotter-art or creating custom-made blotter-art for celebrity signatures or promotions include Louisiana’s Big Jon Blackburn; Boston’s Adam Stanhope; London’s Paul “Monkey” Guest; myself – Sir Thomas Lyttle of Fort Lauderdale; Scott “Scott The Jew” or “Acid Scott” Wollman of Hollywood, California, and Hollywood, Florida;
New England and Florida’s Rick Doblin; San Francisco’s Mark McCloud; NYC’s Jacaeber Kastor; Alex Perlstein of North Carolina; New Mexico’s Lisa Law; South East
Florida’s Robert Demerest and many others. Many important players choose to remain in cyberspace, using avatar-names like Leo Brat to broker art – staying anonymous to most.
In closing, let me say that ergot research has been around for centuries. The ancient Order of Saint Anthony – headquartered in Basle, Switzerland – were among the first to formally investigate it, under the guise of Vatican emergency – during to famous Saint Anthony’s Fire period. However, ergot has been investigated through the centuries – well-known to initiates and included in pharmacopaeia’s and herbals. Dr. Albert Hofmann, knowing of it’s mythical and legendary attributes – and investigating it’s effects on specific blood flow around the uterus, as well as it’s other effects as a poison – “stumbled upon LSD-25, after 25 preparations with the molecule. It has been estimated that at least 50% of street LSD today is LSD-49, an somewhat similar and perhaps more stable chemical.
Today’s LSD is still around, but it is difficult to find. Best of luck with your interests in this piece of LSD-25’s (and LSD-49 and others) adventures in the underground, as popularized by Tim Leary and The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters, Ram Dass and Krishna Das, Stephen Gaskin and The Farm, The Hog Farm and Wavy Gravy, The Caravan of Europe and many, many others who choose to remain anonymous.
Amen and God Bless LSD, and God bless LSD blotter art – a true piece of The American Spirit.
“LSD Art: On a Trip at Galerie Macabre” by Ike Crumbler. The East Sider: Fort Laud, Florida (Nov. 24, 1999). 2pp. Front, full- page photo features Thomas Lyttle (with Galerie Macabre owner Lady Vanessa) holding up “Geisha” blotter-art, signed by Timothy Leary.
“LSD Art Passes The Test of Art Collectors” by Dennis Romero. The Los Angeles Times (11-3-95). “Life and Style” section: Part E, page 1. Photos of “Octopus” and “Japanese Crests” blotter-art.
“Flower Power: The Owners of a New Gallery Want to Turn A Few Sheets Of Colorful Blotter-Acid Paper Into a Full-Fledged Exhibition. Are They Hallucinating?” New Times: Broward County, Fla. (June 14-20, 2001). Pp. 39. Photos of “Beavis and Butthead” and “Dancing Condoms” blotter-art.
“Suitable For Frying” by Michelle Kay. The Nose (No. 25) (Circa 1995). Photos include “Father of LSD: Albert Hoffman”, “Acorn”, “Ha” and “ Rock Album Covers” blotter-art.
“Dream Tokens: Collecting LSD Blotter Art” by Thomas Lyttle. Project X (No. 32). 2 pp. Circa 1996). Photos include “Eye In the Pyramid (Illuminati)”, “Flying Saucer” blotter-art.
“Lucky Charms: The World of LSD Blotter Art Collecting” by Thomas Lyttle. Heads (No. 13) April 2003. 3pp. Includes an index to galleries, auctioneers and web sites selling blotter-art. Photos include “Bob Marley”, “Spy Vs. Spy” and
Psychedelic Jesus” blotter-art autographed by Tim Leary.
“Hallucinogens: A Forensic Drug Handbook” by Richard Laing and Jay A. Siegel.(Academic Press/Elsevier, 2003). See “Blotter-Paper”. Pp.41, chapter section 2.2.2. Photos show illegal blotter-art dipped in LSD, and collectable LSD-free blotter-art. Photos include Mark McLoud’s “Mad Hatter”, “Beavis and Butthead” and “Dancing Condom” blotter-art.
“Reading About Feeding Your Head” by John Ferri. New Times: Broward County, Fla. (Dec. 1999). Page unknown. Photo shows Thomas Lyttle masking half his face, using “Felix The Cat” blotter-art.
“Vroom: Official Catalog Of Rock and Roll.” Retail catalog (circa 1997). Pp. 6-7. Photos of “Alice In Wonderland” and “Mad Hatter” blotter-art for sale, both autographed by Tim Leary: $250.00 each.
“Red Snapper Books Catalog (No’s. 15-18: 2003, 2004). The Aquarium, 10 Woburn Walk. London, WC1H OJL, UK. / www.redsnapperbooks.com . Phone: 020 7387 2867. Lists rare and expensive blotter-art, for sale. Investment quality blotter-art includes “Fractal Sun”, autographed by Tim Leary circa 1994 : 375.00 British Sterling, $500.00 US. “Knights of Malta: Coat of Arms (Crests)”: Autographed by Dr. Albert Hofmann and Dr. Timothy Leary (circa 1990): 2500.00 British Sterling, $3000.00 US.
“Skyline Books: Modern, Beat and Counterculture Literature” (Catalog No. 29: 2003) SkylinBK@ix..netcom.com . Phone: 415-488-9491. Lists “Tantric Couple” blotter-art autographed by Allen Ginsberg. Autographed in 1995 to raise funds for The Albert Hofmann Foundation: $600.00. US.
“Artrock: Rock Poster Catalog” (1995-2003). Lists “Timothy Leary’s Head”: $600.00 US. Autographed.
“Acid Art” by Jennifer Holmes. Wired Magazine (2 pp.). (Circa 1997) Photos include “Mickey Mouse Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, “Gorbachev (Gorby Acid)” and “Silver/Red Lightning Bolt” blotter-art.
“Illegal Drugs” by Paul Gahlinger, Ph.D., MD. (Plume Books, 2003). Pp. 312 shows sheets of illegal blotter-acid, including “Flying Witches”, “Smiley Faces” and “Mushrooms”.
“ The Cure of Souls” and “The Holy Travels Of The Rebel Replevin” gallery booklets. (1987). This San Francisco and NYC art tour featured Mark McCloud, Jacaebor Kaiser, Carlo McCormick and others’ collection of framed (undipped) LSD blotter art. About 75 pieces were exhibited. A 12’ X 12” fold-out booklet was offered, featuring several pages of loose text written by well-known art-critic Carlo McCormick about blotter-art. Full color, various pages were shaped square or pyramidal. A 1 X 1 inch gold-embossed eye-in-the triangle came stamped on the front.
Lyttle, Thomas (Ed.) “Psychedelic Monographs and Essays Vol. 5” (PM & E Publishing Group, 1991). This 318 pp. journal featured a wrap-around cover showing “The Cure of Souls” poster as done by NYC’s “Psychedelic Solution” art gallery, and gallery owner Jacaeber Kastor. Shows at least 25 brands (out of 75) of (undipped) LSD blotter-art, including “Flying Saucers”, “Flying Eyeballs”, “Father of LSD, Albert Hoffman’s”, “Octopus” and others. Full color. The “About Our Cover” section (pp. 11-15) details the history of the larger promotional poster, and the then touring “Cure of Souls” art shows of McCloud, Kastor and others. Also mentioned is national press coverage, funding sources and other events.
“Chicago Police Seize 10,000 Doses Conceptual Artwork: Gallery Director Arrested And Warrant Issued For Arrest” in The Entheogen Law Reporter (9) Winter, 1995. Pp. 81-82. This article describes the case of Gregory Green, an artist with a master’s of fine arts degree from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago’s Feigan, Inc. art gallery.
Web pages which broker blotter art
www.blottert.uk.co Paul “Monkey” Guest
www.thomlyttle.com Thomas Lyttle
www.acidartz.com Adam Stanhope
www.signedlsdblotterart.com Leo Brat
http://sfal.com/ (San Francisco Art Lab)
http://www.mailordercentral.com/artrock/ (ArtRock: Classic Rock posters)
http://www.key-z.com/special.ht (Key-Z Productions - Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters)
https://www.tripatourium.com/ (Tripatourium Gallery)
Antiquarian Book Dealers Who Deal in LSD Blotter-Art
http://www.flashbackbooks.com/ Flashback Books – Michael Horowitz
http://www.beatbooks.com/cgi-bin/beatbooks/index.html (Beat Books/Sclanders UK)
http://website.lineone.net/~red.snapper/redsnapper.html (Red Snapper Books - UK)
What's New with My Subject?
From the mid 1970�s blotter has been the most available form of LSD. There are likely two main reasons for this: Firstly, after LSD was made illegal in the US (in 1967) mandatory minimum sentencing was introduced. Sentences were determined by the weight of the substance with which offenders were caught. If someone had LSD on a sugar cube weighing 1g then the sentence was the same as for an individual caught with 1g of crystal LSD (representing approx 10,000 LSD doses rather than just 1)! . The move to lightweight LSD blotter therefore reduced sentences. Secondly: There were many high profile busts in the late 60�s and early 70�s, during which pill presses were seized, LSD blotter was therefore more convenient for many to make.
Over the years �Blotter Art� has developed as a field in its own right, with images ranging from multiple repeats (so each trip has a complete image), to complex images spanning a whole sheet. Images have typically been psychedelic in nature, or relied heavily on cartoon images. Occult and religious symbols have also been widely used. There is also a distinct sub-category of satirical Blotter Art, including images such as �Gorby� and �FBI�. This imagery originally served as an identifier of different batches of LSD, a form of �trademark�.
There are distinctions within Blotter Art. Some iconic images have been circulating since the 70�s (Eg: Hofmann�s, Eye of Horus, Knights of Malta) other art work is dubbed �Vanity Blotter Art�. This is art as a collectible and has never been dipped.
The original collector and originator of the scene is Mark McCloud, a San Francisco artist (and former Art Professor). Initially his collection was based on street prints, which have subsequently been exposed to UV light to destroy the LSD. In 2000 McCloud was charged with �conspiracy to manufacture and distribute LSD�. The DEA claimed that having 30,000 Blotter Art sheets in his possession meant that he was supplying chemists and wholesalers. This was his second arrest (the first was in 1991). In both cases he was acquitted. It is estimated that he spent more than half a million dollars on his defence.
It is important to realise that although Blotter Art is now un-dipped, selling it (or giving it away) and claiming it contains LSD is STILL an offence.
Blotter Art can reach high prices, particularly when signed by prominent figures from the psychedelic movement. In 2004 MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) received almost $20,000 as a result of sales of Blotter Art signed by Albert Hofmann.
As a result of the growing popularity of the art-form, and high prices generated, Blotter Art is sometimes counterfeited. Another concern is the reproduction of copyrighted images without the consent of the artists.
Famous Blotter Art artists include: Mark McCloud, Thomas Lyttle, Stevee Postman. Alex Grey�s images also often appear.
Erowid LSD blotter galery
By Thomas Lyttle
“LSD” by Otto Snow (Thoth Press, 2004). 245 pp. 18 pp. bibliography. $36.00 US. Thoth Press. Box 6081. Spring Hill, Fl. 34611
Having over 600 books and hundreds of academic papers on psychedelics and related hallucinogens, it is rare to find truly new information on LSD-25. It is estimated that over 1000 books alone have appeared in the US and Europe regarding LSD-25.
Snow’s “LSD” is an exciting and unique book - well-worth grabbing for many reasons.
Retired chemist Otto Snow suffered from hemiparasaethetic migraine headaches at age 15, which resembles a stroke. After several prescriptions and failed therapies, he discovered small amounts of LSD-25 relieved his illness. Snow is also author of several books on psychoactives including “Oxy” (Thoth Press, 1901) and “Amphetamine Synthesis” (Thoth Press, 2002) which has gone through several printings.
What makes this book so unusual is the extensive reprints of rare academic articles by famous LSD researchers like Aurther Stoll, Hans Kobel and others. This deals with start-to-finish manufacturing, and how the pro’s did it. Of special interests are photos of tabletting machines running from 1844 through 1980. Hand-crank tartarate tabletting machines are shown, as well as compressed tablet machines. Methods for dosing sheets of LSD blotter-paper (these papers were central to many underground LSD chemists work ). Tabletting dosing is also covered. At least 25 rare science papers on LSD-25 synthesis methods are reprinted. As well are excellent references regarding the growing of Claviceps purpurea by botanists. Ergot grows on this plant as a fungus. Ergot is then collected for manufacturing LSD-25. Another rare paper by Albert Hoffman is titled “Tabletting Lysergic Acid Amides”, and this includes sections on “Blotter Carrier”, “Thin Film Carrier”: “Clearlight or Gel”, “Preparation of Clearlight of “Sheeting”, “Lamellae” (Lamellae, also called Lamells are eye-disks containing small medical amounts of drugs. Several papers also deal with lab-extractions of Ergot and synthetic routes ending in pure LSD-25.
Otto Snow is a renegade scientist out of the loops of academia, the pharmaceutical industry, lab science and special interest groups. He dropped out after his trumped up DEA bust, which got physical and left him with a permanent disability. His brilliant books are home-spun gems. Long live brilliant outlaw scholars like Otto Snow. And long live the true facts about LSD – more books like this need to be published.