1. The Indian Hemp Commission was carried out in India at the behest of British Parliament. Some of the wealthier classes had complained that “Indian Hemp,” as Cannabis as called, was making the working classes lazy. The Commission found the “hemp drug” innocuous.
2. Albert Hofmann discovered LSD in 1938. In 1943 he took a large experimental dose and rode his bicycle home. He recorded the experience in his journal. The description has inspired a number of artists. Check these out.