We just completely updated our website. Let us know if you are encountering any issues.

The Asylum Where the U.S. Tested Marijuana As a ‘Truth Serum’ on Nazi Prisoners

The “Government Hospital for the Insane” opened in 1855 on a remote hilltop to the southeast of Washington, D.C. as one of America’s first public hospitals specializing in psychiatry. Later popularly known by the less prickly moniker St. Elizabeths, the asylum’s headiest chapter might be a midcentury stint of clandestine government experiments with drugs, “truth serums,” and mind control.

In 1942 the proto-CIA Office of Strategic Services established a committee partnership with St. Elizabeths to aid in prisoner of war interrogations. Little was known about the pharmacology of mind-altering drugs, but the premise was that intoxicated Nazis would be more likely to reveal sensitive information to interrogators to help win World War II.

Nearby

Sites

World Heritage Sites Brutalisms Atlas Obscuras Audio Guides News
NameSinceDistance
Historic Congressional Cemetery: The Dead Tell the Best Stories en 20164.4kmsite_izi
Defense Intelligence Agency Museum 20201.6kmsite_ao
Application Error 20193.4kmsite_ao
Spirit of Justice Park 20194.8kmsite_ao
Cedar Hill Cemetery 20194.7kmsite_ao
The Discovery Site of the ‘Capitalsaurus,’ the Official Dinosaur of Washington, D.C. 20174.4kmsite_ao
Navy Yard Railroad Gun 20173.2kmsite_ao
Southwest Duck Pond 20174.6kmsite_ao
The Psychedelic Church in Southwest D.C. 20174.4kmsite_ao
Abingdon Plantation Ruins Hidden at Reagan National Airport 20174.6kmsite_ao
Library of Congress Book Conveyor Tunnel 20175.1kmsite_ao
Washington, D.C.’s Underground Poop River 20173.5kmsite_ao
Library of Congress Card Catalog 20174.9kmsite_ao
Behold the Bird Cannon at Reagan National Airport 20173.8kmsite_ao
The Capitol Hill Office of Congress’ Official Bootlegger 20175kmsite_ao
Historic Terminal A in Washington, D.C. 20174.4kmsite_ao
The Most Hated Building in Washington, D.C. 20175kmsite_ao
Century-Old Steam Tunnels Under Capitol Hill 20174.5kmsite_ao
Reading Room at the Folger Shakespeare Library 20185.1kmsite_ao
Frederick Douglass’s House, Cedar Hill 20172.2kmsite_ao
1:48 Scale USS Missouri 20173.2kmsite_ao
USS Balao Conning Tower 20173.3kmsite_ao
Gravelly Point Park Is an Aircraft Spotter’s Dream 20174.7kmsite_ao
George Washington Memorial Parkway 20165kmsite_ao
VIP Congressional Parking Lot at Reagan National Airport 20174.5kmsite_ao
Hubert H. Humphrey Building 19725.1kmsite_brutalism
Robert C. Weaver Federal Building 19655.2kmsite_brutalism
Tiber Island Cooperative Homes / Carrollsburg Square Condominium 4.2kmsite_brutalism

About the source: Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura aims 'to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share'. You can contribute to their collection on their website.

Leave a Reply