This is definitely some unique insight into what it’s like to be high on LSD.
After hearing about the United States government’s testing of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) on members of the public back in 1950, Reddit user whatafinethrowaway decided to set up an experiment of her own.
She asked her friend to draw 11 portraits over a 9-hour period while progressively getting higher on LSD. (The effects of LSD generally last from six – eight hours, on average.) They conducted the experiment to see the effect drugs had on the brain, and what the resultant creative process might yield. As her friend began to draw her self-portraits, whatafinethrowaway carefully documented what was happening.
“She spent between 15 minutes and 45 minutes on each drawing. It didn’t seem hard for her to focus, I was actually quite impressed by that. She just loved what she was doing. I don’t know if the change of styles was on purpose or not,” she wrote on Reddit.
Check out the psychedelic progression of drawings, below.
This is what one woman thought she looked like while on LSD
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