NOW SERVING Psychedelic Culture

Jan Bastiaans Treated Holocaust Survivors with LSD

Jan Bastiaans Treated Holocaust Survivors with LSD

Table of Contents

Before the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” ever came into existence, Professor Jan Bastiaans was using LSD to treat it in Dutch Holocaust survivors. According to many of them, it was the most profound experience in their life. One of them went as far as to say, that in the treatment room, “he grasped that Auschwitz was the handiwork of human beings, “and it’s Hitler, it wasn’t Satan. He was a person.” 

Jan Bastiaans: A War Hero

Jan Bastiaans was a cultural icon as much as he was a revered psychiatrist, whose life’s work passionately revolved around getting this LSD treatment to those who needed it coming out of World World II: survivors of the Holocaust, resistance fighters, and POWs. To them, he was a father figure. 

At the time when no-one knew what PTSD was, or much else about psychotraumatic reactions, Bastiaanss fought for the individuals that he observed as being shattered. He demonstrated a correlation between the mental injuries gotten in war and the medical problems that followed suit. Though he was a fan of psychoanalysis, he believed the process was lengthy and poor at addressing their every daily problems. 

Bastiaans Discovers LSD

In 1961, Bastaains discovered what he observed as the best solution–LSD. From that moment until his death, he figured out a way to use politics to his advantage in order to ensure that he could get this treatment to those that needed this the most. 

In 1966, LSD became illegal under the Opium Law in Holland. Knowing himself to be a hero amongst the Dutch and Jewish Dutch, in particular, he approached Prince Bernhard Lippe-Biesterfeld of Holland. The prince had a sordid past, with ties to the Nazi, which earned him the title of Nazi Prince. Bastiaans said that he would clean his reputation by shaking hands with him in public if he would allow Bastiaans to continue his work. The prince accepted. 

Though Bastiaans weathered the legality storms, he still was met with contention from the psychiatric community, which ended up isolating Bastiaans in the end. One could imagine that after participating in these trips, sometimes reliving the experience with them to the point of role-playing when appropriate, and witnessing people get their lives back, that one would withdraw from the psychiatric community.

Bastiaans’ Methodology

Jan Bastiaans’ methodology provides a fascinating framework to perform psychotherapy, which might serve the medical community as they are, currently, developing their methods and approach as these substances are becoming more accepted and credible in the mainstream society.

In the first meeting, Bastiaans would administer the drug and encourage them to tell him exactly what was happening. Bringing the trauma up to the surface, he was then able to get them to engage in it, not disconnect. This, as he was seeing, is what we’re coming to understand now. That trauma is a disconnection from self. In this case, the example of Hilter is particularly fascinating. That the victim realized that he was, also, human. His use of psychodrama is particularly inspiring. 

Psychodrama in Psychotherapy

There was always someone supervising the room, normally a woman, who would also enter the experience playing a role; a mother, sister, etc. The approach to treatment was not appropriate for everyone, however, it brought to mind Alejandro Jorodowsky, the legendary experimental filmmaker and developed of “psycho-magic.”

In short, using a mix of esoteric arts–tarot–and psychology, he would deliver a prescription, which was a performative act that the person would perform in real life. Often, people don’t take his approach seriously. But, here is a medical example that demonstrates the use of performance in psychedelic therapy.

“The aim is to live through what happened but also to see it in a larger context, become a ‘witness’ and see that now it was safe.” 

Jan Bastiaans is a true war hero. Now, all these years later, knowledge of his work is coming up to the surface. When we say that we don’t have any models to deal with these substances, we are finding out that we do.

LSD Resources

How Much Does LSD Cost?
When shopping around for that magical psychedelic substance, there can be many uncertainties when new to buying LSD. You may be wondering how much does LSD cost? In this article, we will discuss what to expect when purchasing LSD on the black market, what forms LSD is sold in, and the standard breakdown of buying LSD in quantity.

 

Navy Use of LSD on the Dark Web
The dark web is increasingly popular for purchasing illegal substances. The US Navy has now noticed this trend with their staff. Read to learn more.

 

Having Sex on LSD: What You Need to Know
Can you have sex on LSD? Read our guide to learn everything about sex on acid, from lowered inhibitions to LSD users quotes on sex while tripping.

 

A Drug That Switches off an LSD Trip
A pharmaceutical company is developing an "off-switch" drug for an LSD trip, in the case that a bad trip can happen. Some would say there is no such thing.

 

Queen of Hearts: An Interview with Liz Elliot on Tim Leary and LSD
The history of psychedelia, particularly the British experience, has been almost totally written by men. Of the women involved, especially those who were in the thick of it, little has been written either by or about them. A notable exception is Liz Elliot.

 

LSD Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
LSD, Lysergic acid diethylamide, or just acid is one of the most important psychedelics ever discovered. What did history teach us?

 

Microdosing LSD & Common Dosage Explained
Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing LSD.

 

LSD Resources
Curious to learn more about LSD? This guide includes comprehensive LSD resources containing books, studies and more.

 

LSD as a Spiritual Aid
There is common consent that the evolution of mankind is paralleled by the increase and expansion of consciousness. From the described process of how consciousness originates and develops, it becomes evident that its growth depends on its faculty of perception. Therefore every means of improving this faculty should be used.

 

Legendary LSD Blotter Art: A Hidden Craftsmanship
Have you ever heard of LSD blotter art? Explore the trippy world of LSD art and some of the top artists of LSD blotter art.

 

LSD and Exercise: Does it Work?
LSD and exercise? Learn why high-performing athletes are taking hits of LSD to improve their overall potential.

 

Jan Bastiaans Treated Holocaust Survivors with LSD
Dutch psychiatrist, Jan Bastiaans administered LSD-assisted therapy to survivors of the Holocaust. A true war hero and pioneer of psychedelic-therapy.

 

LSD and Spiritual Awakening
I give thanks for LSD, which provided the opening that led me to India in 1971 and brought me to Neem Karoli Baba, known as Maharajji. Maharajji is described by the Indians as a "knower of hearts."

 

How LSD is Made: Everything You Need to Know
Ever wonder how to make LSD? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how LSD is made.

 

How to Store LSD: Best Practices
Learn the best way to store LSD, including the proper temperature and conditions to maximize how long LSD lasts when stored.

 

Bicycle Day: The Discovery of LSD
Every year on April 19th, psychonauts join forces to celebrate Bicycle Day. Learn about the famous day when Albert Hoffman first discovered the effects of LSD.

 

Cary Grant: A Hollywood Legend On LSD
Cary Grant was a famous actor during the 1930's-60's But did you know Grant experimented with LSD? Read our guide to learn more.

 

Albert Hofmann: LSD — My Problem Child
Learn about Albert Hofmann and his discovery of LSD, along with the story of Bicycle Day and why it marks a historic milestone.

 

Babies are High: What Does LSD Do To Your Brain
What do LSD and babies have in common? Researchers at the Imperial College in London discover that an adult's brain on LSD looks like a baby's brain.

 

1P LSD: Effects, Benefits, Safety Explained
1P LSD is an analogue of LSD and homologue of ALD-25. Here is everything you want to know about 1P LSD and how it compares to LSD.

 

Francis Crick, DNA & LSD
Type ‘Francis Crick LSD’ into Google, and the result will be 30,000 links. Many sites claim that Crick (one of the two men responsible for discovering the structure of DNA), was either under the influence of LSD at the time of his revelation or used the drug to help with his thought processes during his research. Is this true?

 

What Happens If You Overdose on LSD?
A recent article presented three individuals who overdosed on LSD. Though the experience was unpleasant, the outcomes were remarkably positive.

 

How To Get LSD
How can you get LSD? Are there specific ways to access this psychedelic? Read on to learn more about how to get LSD.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

RS Newsletter

Related Posts

Reality Sandwich uses cookies to
ensure you get the best experience
on our website. View our Privacy
Policy for more information.