“Cursed bread” was contaminated with LSD

A U.S. journalist lifts the veil on a top-secret CIA experiment in France


It’s taken nearly 60 years, but an American journalist appears to have finally solved the enduring mystery about the “cursed bread” in a small town in the south of France. The story dates back to 1951, when residents of Pont-Saint-Esprit suddenly began experiencing intense hallucinations after eating bread from the local bakery. Five people died and dozens ended up in asylums as a result of what was assumed to be contamination from ergot, a hallucinogenic mould that infects rye grain. Turns out, the real reason behind the spate of insanity was even wilder than anyone ever thought: according to journalist H. P. Albarelli Jr., the bread was laced with LSD by the CIA as part of a top-secret mind-control experiment. Albarelli concluded as much after coming across documents discussing the “secret of Pont-Saint-Esprit” that showed the contamination wasn’t caused by mould but by diethylamide, the D in LSD.


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“Cursed bread” was contaminated with LSD

  1. Rest easy folks, the CIA doesn't do bad stuff like that anymore. Honest.

    • Yeah?

  2. This was during the cold war when the U.S. accused the Soviet Union of being evil. 5 innocent French dead in CIA terminology is called collateral damage.

  3. LSD is awesome. French Bakeries run by shady guys in suits and sunglasses – not so awesome

  4. Awesome, or devastating. High dosing on LSD is traumatic or dramatic. Remember it was legal in Canada until 1966. The baker was trying a new recipe? Feed your head. I'll take bread.

  5. Once side effect of doing LSD is you may start to follow Phish.

    • I was wondering what it takes…

  6. Another side effect is you may start misspelling common words.

    • another side effect is you scour the internet looking for them

  7. completely terrifying**

  8. think cia were the first ones to do this?…hardly…its been done by many indigenous tribes around the world for centuries…maybe not lsd but other substances…and they sit back and laugh at the visitors!

  9. I've done it and enjoyed my one and only experience. However, the prospect of being dosed without experience or knowledge is completely, and I think I would've had a mental breakdown. Unfortunate souls did nothing but live in the wrong area, sad…

  10. The boogeyman did it. He crossed over from the NeverNever at the famous transmigration point to this dimension, put his essence in the baker's flour (LSD to you mortals), and had his way with the men and women of the village while they were under the influence.

    All will be revealed my soon-to-be released investigative report.


  11. It seems to me that It will take another 30 years before Canadian public learns anything about "Canadian Zyprexa Experiment" psychotropic drug experiments that were conducted on the Inuits of Baffin Island by psychiatrists from CAMH with aim of developing perfect muder weapon (psychotropic drugs induced suicide that is triggered by psychodrug washout ) also known as "Zyprexa Pump and Dump Procedure"

  12. Well, that's really freaky. I couldn't imagine eating a bread laced with psychedelic pill/LSD. Good thing, it was 60 years ago.

  13. Well, that's really freaky. I couldn't imagine eating a bread laced with psychedelic pill/LSD. Good thing, it was 60 years ago.

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