The Acid Room, Hollywood Hospital, New Westminster, Canada
I know a place, a place where, for a price, you can take massive doses of LSD and be guided on your trip by the “Johnny Appleseed of LSD” while listening to Bach on the hi-fi and staring at Salvatore Dali.
Al Hubbard, the gregarious owner of a Vancouver-based uranium mining company and a devout Catholic, first experienced LSD in the late 1940s, and had made it his life’s mission to spread the gospel of psychedelics around the world. Though he hailed from the backwoods of Kentucky, Hubbard was a full-blown mystic. He’d discovered that a massive dose of LSD opened up a profound and terrifying spiritual awareness, and he’d started developing techniques to guide patients to the Other World – getting them to write out extensive autobiographies recounting their hang-ups and traumas beforehand, and then, while they were on LSD, using religious icons, the music of Bach, or artwork (Salvador Dali’s vertigo-inducing “Christ of St. John of the Cross” was a favourite) to evoke spiritual associations. ~ B.C.’s Acid Flashback, By R.C.
Founded in 1957 by eccentric American entrepreneur Al Hubbard, Hollywood Hospital catered to a mixed clientele of American celebrities and Canadian politicians given LSD to treat alcoholism, drug addiction and psychological burn-out. For almost a decade after LSD was criminalized in North America in the late 1960s, Hollywood Hospital served up therapeutic LSD before the provincial government pulled funding in 1975 and the hospital closed. ~ Psychedelics Could Treat Addiction Says Vancouver Official, By Danielle Egan
According to Dr. Abram Hoffer, “Al had a grandiose idea that if he could give the psychedelic experience to the major executives of the Fortune 500 companies, he would change the whole of society.” ~ The Original Captain Trips – Who Was ‘Captain’ Al Hubbard?, By Todd Brendan Fahey
I wonder if Captain Al’s LSD could help cure Audiophiles?
Alfred M. Hubbard reportedly turned on over 6,000 people to LSD including Timothy Leary and Aldous Huxley. He was born in 1901 in Kentucky, was visited by angels (twice), was a rum runner during prohibition, an inventor of a free energy motor and an Internal Combustion Engine Spark Plug, made millions, owned and lived on a private island off Vancouver, was the North American Distributor for Sandoz LSD-25, owned a Uranium mining company, worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), was “peripherally” involved in the Manhattan Project as well as the CIA mind-control project known as MK-ULTRA and died nearly broke in a mobile home in Casa Grande, Arizona on August 31, 1982.