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Hollywood Hospital



  • Existence: 1950s - 1975

The Hollywood Hospital was a small facility in Vancouver, British Columbia named for the holly trees which surrounded it. More than 6,000 therapeutic LSD sessions were conducted there for the treatment of alcoholism, anxiety disorders, and depression. The sessions, legal at the time, were carried out by small team which included Dr. J. Ross MacLean and Al Hubbard. Many of those who underwent treatment were well known actors and cultural figures. It was here that Al Hubbard developed a protocol for establishing a set and setting conducive to therapeutic trips, which is still employed today. This document details professional development activities of those involved in carrying out treatments, focusing mainly on a patient population of those addicted to alcohol.


Donaldson, Jesse. "Hollywood Hospital, Hidden (Greater) Vancouver," Montecristo Magazine, April 10, 2019.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Hollywood Hospital program and lecture notes

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 90
Scope and Contents The Hollywood Hospital program and lecture notes contains an original typescript of talks delivered by Al Hubbard, U. P. Byrne, D. C. MacDonald, J. Ross MacLean and R. L. Skwarok  for a panel discussion on LSD-25.
Dates: 1959; Other: Date acquired: 2011-06-01