Still 3 years prior to the criminalization of LSD in California, It was not a difficult to convince the medical staff to allow. With the doctor’s go ahead, Laura prepared the syringe and delivered the dose to her passing husband herself.
Laura writes, “I went into Aldous’ room with the vial of LSD and prepared a syringe. The doctor asked me if I wanted him to give him the shot—maybe because he saw that my hands were trembling. His asking me that made me conscious of my hands, and I said, ‘No I must do this.’ I quieted myself, and when I gave him the shot my hands were very firm.”
Aldous was no stranger to psychedelics; he had been experiementing with the psychedelic experience since his first time taking mescaline in 1953. From that point on, Huxley became an advocate of the psychedelic substances and the exploration of consciousness. It is fitting that he chose to spend his final hours in the realm that he had become so fond of.