Netflix’s new ‘Wormwood’ documentary explore’s the CIA’s attempts to use LSD for mind control

Watch the first trailer here

Netflix have revealed the first trailer for Wormwood, a new documentary series exploring the CIA’s use of LSD as a tool for mind control.

The Errol Morris-directed series will investigate the murky history surrounding Frank Olson’s death, as well as the mysterious ‘Project MKUltra’. Olson was a bacteriologist and CIA employee, and was spiked with LSD by his supervisor in 1953. Nine days after the incident, he fell to his death from a New York hotel – the US government ruled his death suicide, but others think differently.

Amongst the skeptics are Olson’s son Eric, who has spent the last 60 years attempting to uncover the truth about his father’s death. Eric believes the incident is connected to ‘Project MKUltra’, a series of experiments which aimed to uncover the mind control powers of certain drugs – notably LSD – for use in interrogations and as a torture device. The project was shut down in 1973 and all evidence was destroyed. Shortly after, Olson’s family was awarded a $750,000 settlement from the CIA.


Check out a trailer for the series below.

Wormwood will feature interviews with Eric Olson and others, as well as dramatised reenactments starring Peter Sarsgaard (as Frank Olson), Molly Parker, and Bob Balaban amongst others.

The series arrives on Netflix on December 15.


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