Did You Know the UK Tested LSD on Royal Marines Decades Ago?

If you have just picked interest in psychedelics and what they could treat, you might be surprised to learn that in the 1960s, the UK government tested LSD on teams of Royal Marines in order to find out whether the substance could work as a “humane” way to incapacitate enemy forces during combat.

Three such tests were conducted on marine commandos, and they were codenamed Moneybags, Recount and Small Change. These codenames for those drug trials were selected when one humorous member of staff observed that LSD could be colloquially referred to as Pounds, Shillings and Pence. In this case, the symbol for the British pound looks like the letter “L”, hence the name Moneybags for the first field test while…

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