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Which, at one point, led to a study showing that LSD produces no more hallucinations than a placebo.
Title text: Which, at one point, led to a study showing that LSD produces no more hallucinations than a placebo.

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In a product experiment, two groups of people are given a certain pill or lotion. Some people are given the product to be tested, while others (the control group) are given a placebo; nobody is told which group they belong to. The control group acts as a norm for comparison against the others.

Randall has messed with this process by giving LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) to the control group. LSD is a drug that causes hallucinations and distortions in the perception of time and space. Megan, apparently a control, is experiencing spiders in her hallucinations. Since the control group is supposed to reflect what "normally" happens, this is indeed very confusing to the scientists.

The title text suggests that, in a different study, this substitution was performed when the product being tested was itself LSD. This lead to the conclusion that LSD is no more likely to cause hallucinations than a placebo, somehow implying that LSD is safe. We can only hope they were able to redo the test, as in layman's terms "Nonsense MUST be wrong".

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My Hobby:
[Cueball looks down at his arm calmly, while next to him Megan is violently flailing around in terror. In the foreground, two scientists, one holding a clipboard, look on in puzzlement.]
Cueball: My rash seems to have shrunk by about 20% today.
Scientists: ???
Sneaking into experiments and giving LSD to the control group.

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Soon followed by psychologists recommending the tested drug as a depressant after looking at the results of the trials. Davidy²²[talk] 02:21, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

This has always bothered me: If LSD Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, why isn't it LAD? What's so special about the S in LySergic that it beats out the A in Acid? Anonymous 01:06, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

It is from the German "Lysergsäure-diethylamid" where "säure" refers to the acidity. 14:39, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense. Anonymous. 00:10, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
LSD invokes hallucinations, not delirium. By definition, you know when you're hallucinating. Just saying. 00:21, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
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