This recently discovered footage of an American housewife being filmed in 1956 during an experimental LSD session got me thinking about a couple of other classic trip clips.
At the height of the psychedelic movement, this stunning swinging ’60s space cadet was filmed by the BBC as part of a report on the lysergic influx into the UK. “It must be to do with orange… not only with orange…”:
British politician Christopher Mayhew takes mescaline in the company of Dr Humphry Osmond, the psychiatrist who invented the word ‘psychedelic’. In 1953, Osmond had given the author Aldous Huxley his first dose of mescaline, and Huxley would famously write about his encounter with the hallucinogen in his book ‘The Doors Of Perception’ (1954), which, in turn, would give the band The Doors the inspiration for their name.
This footage was filmed by the BBC in 1955, but wouldn’t be screened until 31 years later, in 1986:
History Of LSD Wikipedia: