Soldiers on drugs, the Vietnam edition

Just in case, you think that the Dept. of Defense antipsychotic experiment is unique, here is an item related to experiments on soldiers during the Vietnam war.

Army doctors gave soldier volunteers synthetic marijuana, LSD and two dozen other psychoactive drugs during experiments aimed at developing chemical weapons that could incapacitate enemy soldiers, a psychiatrist who performed the research says in a new memoir.

The program, which ran at the Army’s Edgewood, Md., arsenal from 1955 until about 1972, concluded that counterculture staples such as acid and pot were either too unpredictable or too mellow to be useful as weapons, psychiatrist James Ketchum said in an interview.

via Researchers tested pot, LSD on Army volunteers – USATODAY.com.

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