The Sandoz logo blotter art is a tribute to the company Sandoz AG, a pharmaceutical company that is responsible for the discovery of LSD. Sandoz AG started as “Chemiefirma Kern und Sandoz” (“Kern and Sandoz Chemistry Firm”) a chemical company focusing on the development of dyes. Alfred Kern and Edouard Sandoz found the company in 1886 but after Kern’s death , a partnership was formed and eventually became a corporation known as Chemische Fabrik vormals Sandoz in 1985. In 1918, Arthur Stoll who is the founder of the Sandoz Pharmaceutical department isolated ergotamine from ergot, this substance was eventually used to treat migrants and headaches via a drug called Gynergen in 1921 which would be vital in the discovery of LSD.
In 1943 Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) synthesized LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) with Arthur Stoll. This revolutionary compound was marketed and produced for clinical trials. From 1947 to the mid-1960s LSD was created in the labs of Sandoz, and shared around the world for research and development as well as spiritual exploration. The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) even purchased LSD from Sandoz to conduct their own mind control program called MK Ultra. The drug became a symbol of counter-culture as psychologist and Harvard professor Timothy Leary started promoting it for recreational and spiritual use.
The blotter art pictured here is an old version of the Sandoz logo used during the 60s. Since this time they’ve gone through many mergers and acquisitions and have a new modern logo currently.
What is LSD/Acid?
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or Acid is a potent psychedelic that is made from lysergic acid found in ergot (a fungus that grows on rye and other grains).
LSD was first synthesized in 1938 by a Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, when he accidentally absorbed the substance and discovered its powerful hallucinogenic effects. After Hoffman’s discovery, he devoted a majority of his research on the therapeutic effects of LSD. The drug was heavily studied from the 1950s to 1970s and used for treatment of variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression, psychosomatic diseases and addiction. The drug eventually made its way into the counterculture of the 60’s and 70’s, where it became highly stigmatized and eventually classified as a schedule 1 drug and research for the substance came to a halt.
In recent years, attitudes towards LSD and other psychedelics have shifted heavily and research began to resurface due to the overwhelming evidence of the benefits these compounds can unlock.
Benefits of consuming LSD:
Over the past decade, scientist have started to uncover how LSD can help sick people in a multitude of ways such as treating addiction, depression, and reducing anxiety.
Psychedelics can also make the healthy healthier as well. Although this is personal and everyone’s experiences will differ, some early study results show that LSD usage can make us kinder, calmer and better at home and in the workplace. LSD can help us solve problems with more creativity and make us more open-minded by “thinking outside the box” and stepping away from our ingrained habits. It is not uncommon for people to report greater sense or gratitude towards life and being more generous after an LSD trip. Some experiments have even shown that patients have had their personalities changed forever in a positive way from a single dose. These people described being more optimistic about life and having a new sense of purpose that’s also allowed them to improve their relationships.