Bicycle Day Celebrates The First LSD Trip

While most people in the cannabis industry are gearing up for the high holiday of April, 20 or 420, our good friends in the psychedelic industry have their own day of celebration. It’s called Bicycle Day and it falls on April 19. The history is that on April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, the Swiss father of psychedelic medicine, dropped lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) at 4:20 pm, interestingly enough, and went on a bike ride, becoming the first human to trip on LSD.

According to Wikipedia, “Hofmann’s condition rapidly deteriorated as he struggled with feelings of anxiety, alternating in his beliefs that the next-door neighbor was a malevolent witch, that he was going insane, and that the LSD had poisoned him. When the house doctor arrived, however, he could detect no physical abnormalities, save for a pair of incredibly dilated pupils. Hofmann was reassured, and soon his terror began to give way to a sense of good fortune and enjoyment, as he later wrote…”

“… Little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux. It was particularly remarkable how every acoustic perception, such as the sound of a door handle or a passing automobile, became transformed into optical perceptions. Every sound generated a vividly changing image, with its own consistent form and color”

Hofmann realized he had made a significant discovery: a psychoactive substance with extraordinary potency, capable of causing significant shifts of consciousness in incredibly low doses. Hofmann viewed the drug as a powerful psychiatric tool; because of its intense and introspective nature, he couldn’t imagine anyone using it recreationally.

The celebration of Bicycle Day originated in DeKalb, Illinois, in 1985, when Thomas B. Roberts, then a Professor at Northern Illinois University, invented the name “Bicycle Day” when he founded the first celebration at his home. Several years later, he sent an announcement made by one of his students to friends and Internet lists, thus propagating the idea and the celebration. While this holiday isn’t as widespread as 420, a series of events honoring the day is beginning to happen.

Events

Bicycle Day Psychedelic Pseder

Darkhei Rephua and Students for Sensible Drug Policy present: Bicycle Day Psychedelic Pseder at Floating Lotus

An evening of song, stories, and psychedelic celebration of Pesach (Passover), holistic liberation, and the launch of WeLoveAcid.com

In partnership with NYC Psychedelic Society.

Doors open at 7:00pm. Dinner begins at 7:30 PM sharp. Party begins at 9:00 PM.

Dinner will be vegetarian and kosher for Passover.

 

One comment

  • Jazmin Hupp

    April 20, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Thanks so much for telling the story behind Bicycle Day!! We had a great event on Clubhouse talking about Psychedelic Re-Selfing with MDMA, magic mushrooms, and meditation.

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