The Billion-Dollar Barrel Of LSD, And Other Insanities Of The U.S. Army’s Cold War Drug Experiments

The Billion-Dollar Barrel Of LSD, And Other Insanities Of The U.S. Army’s Cold War Drug Experiments
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The Cold War was one of the most unnerving moments of time in the history of the United States. We stock piled nuclear weapons and kept tabs on every move the Soviet Union made in order to avoid World War III.

Nuclear bombs, however weren’t the only weapons that had our attention during this time.

During the Cold War, the U.S. Army pursued a research program that used soldiers as lab rats to test the effects of various chemical agents ranging “from tear gas and LSD to highly lethal nerve agents, like VX.” What’s VX, one might ask?

One scientist “was known to dip his finger in a beaker containing the lethal agent, then rub it on the back of a shaved rabbit. As the animal convulsed and died, he would casually walk across the room and bathe his finger in a Martini to wash off the VX.”

VX is apparently an extremely lethal chemical weapon, and we should all be very grateful that our foreign tensions didn’t escalate to a level where we had to resort to forcing this type of harm on our previous enemies.

So if you’re worried about the Taliban putting anthrax in our mail, just imagine what kind of damage we could do with the concoctions we’ve been whipping up on our own.

Andrew Alvez | Elite. 

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