What Happens When You Give LSD to Elephants, Dolphins, and Fish 

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July 9 2014 12:23 PM

The Strange, Sordid History of Dosing Animals With LSD    

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Human experiments on animals are more fraught than ever, but their long and sometimes sordid legacy is here to stay. That history is rarely stranger than the effort to give animals hallucinogenic drugs. Fish, monkeys, dolphins, and at least one unlucky elephant were dosed with LSD in the years after it was first synthesized in the 1938, and as the video above shows, the results varied wildly. 

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