Project MK Ultra – Test your knowledge with a CIA tribe name game

Because it hits so hard, they called it MK Ultra. Do you know why? Test your knowledge with a crossword puzzle first, then check out the dark story behind this strain’s name.


MK Ultra project

Between 1953 and 1973, the CIA conducted a series of top secret experiments. Known as Project MK Ultra, the aim was to test the mind control potential of drugs like LSD. At that time in history it was the height of the Cold War. The United States was concerned that countries like Russia, North Korea, and China could brainwash American prisoners of war. To address the potential mind control threat, the CIA decided to conduct some first-hand research.

These experiments took place in hospitals, prisons and universities in the name of national security. The MK Ultra project was about influencing brain function. The tests should find substances and techniques for effective mind control. The CIA wanted this information for two main reasons:

  1. Help American soldiers stand up to interrogation.
  2. Improve enemy interrogation efficiency.

Both civilians and government officials would be dosed without their knowledge and then subjected to a series of tests. The whole point was to find ways to coerce information from an unwilling participant, so the subject often did not need to be known. Later considered illegal, uninformed consent was a key aspect of MK Ultra. However, there were cases where participants volunteered. Robert Hunter, a grateful dead copywriter, volunteered for an MK Ultra experiment at Stanford University. He and other students were paid to take LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline and then provide feedback on their experiences.

Why the name?

So why call this strain MK Ultra? Simply because the genetics can be surprisingly strong and the relapse in the name serves as a warning. If you just smoke a little and don’t want to get too stoned, avoid this exposure. Many have fallen victim to the couch after a single scream, expecting one thing and feeling another … that’s why they call it MK Ultra.

MK Ultra

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