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LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behaviour in people who have NOT taken it. Timothy Leary
The best-known psychedelic is LSD which was discovered by the Sandoz laboratories in Switzerland. Keen to find a legitimate medical application for the drug, the company mass-produced it in the late 1950s and supplied psychiatric researchers around the world. Horizon: Psychedelic Science, BBC 2008
At the University of Miami a team of researchers was quick to take advantage of the DMT breakthrough. Using Strassman as a consultant they followed his procedure to the letter to secure permission to work with psychedelics in a clinical setting. ibid.
[Dr Deborah] Mash had heard claims that a tribal drink from central Africa had therapeutic potential. Ibogain is another plant-based psychedelic. For the past two years she has been using it to treat patients with cocaine addiction. ibid.
Bio-geneticist Dr Karry Mullis had won the Nobel Prize for inventing PCR, a revolutionary technique for multiplying tiny amounts of DNA for use in genetic research. A creative breakthrough he claims came from psychedelic drug use. ibid.
Psychedelics are drugs which cause very major changes in the way in which people see the world – changes which are not really possible by any other means. Dr Carl Jenson
4Shamans across the planet teach their children that ancient herbs ... reconnect your astral body with the infinite spirit of planet Earth. Many of the plants used by shamans to open the gateway to the spirit world contain a substance called Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT for short. Dimethyltryptamine has been described as the spirit molecule because it appears in hallucinogenic plants and also naturally occurs in the human brain. The effects of DMA often create a so-called Out of Body experience. Chris Everard, Spirit World I
So-called hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and Magic Mushrooms emerged from the 1960s hippy counter culture. Drugs Inc s2e4: Hallucinogens, National Geographic 2012
The drugs that supposedly help users start their lives again comes from an Amazon vine: Ayahuasca ... Illegal in the United States, tribes in Peru have used it as a natural medicine for hundreds of years. ibid.
The liquid from the Ayahuasca vine sparks vivid hallucinations. ibid.
Psychedelic drugs were once hailed as a magic bullet treatment for all kinds of psychological illnesses and addictions. ibid.
Another psychedelic drug imported from Gabon, West Africa – Ibogaine. ibid.
Ibogaine is illegal in the United States. ibid.
Magic mushrooms need specific conditions in which to grow. ibid.
Magic mushrooms ... In Dan’s case one dose every two months seems to stop the devastating cluster headaches from coming back. ibid.
Doctors are again investigating the potential benefits of LSD. ibid.
This is the story of DMT or Dimethyltryptamine, a simple compound found throughout nature which has profound effects on human consciousness. The Spirit Molecule, PSTV 2012
Dr Strassman conducted the first psychedelic research in a generation. ibid.
What do these experiences say about the nature of reality, the nature of our minds, or the function of our brain that we can quickly shift into these alternative realities? ibid.
Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong. Terence McKenna
Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego. Terence McKenna
Objects and their functions no longer had any significance. All I perceived was perception itself, the hell of forms and figures devoid of human emotion and detached from the reality of my unreal environment. I was an instrument in a virtual world that constantly renewed its own meaningless image in a living world that was itself perceived outside of nature. And since the appearance of things was no longer definitive but limitless, this paradisiacal awareness freed me from the reality external to myself. The fire and the rose, as it were, became one. Federico Fellini
It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it’s healthy that people should have this experience. Aldous Huxley, Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Visionary
To get really high is to forget yourself. And to forget yourself is to see everything else. And to see everything else is to become an understanding molecule in evolution, a conscious tool of the universe. Jerry Garcia
I suddenly became strangely inebriated. The external world became changed as in a dream. Objects appeared to gain in relief; they assumed unusual dimensions; and colors became more glowing. Even self-perception and the sense of time were changed. When the eyes were closed, colored pictures flashed past in a quickly changing kaleidoscope. After a few hours, the not unpleasant inebriation, which had been experienced whilst I was fully conscious, disappeared. What had caused this condition? Dr Albert Hofmann, Laboratory Notes 1943
There is a wealth of information built into us ... tucked away in the genetic material in every one of our cells ... without some means of access, there is no way even to begin to guess at the extent and quality of what is there. The psychedelic drugs allow exploration of this interior world, and insights into its nature. Alexander Shulgin
With psychedelics, if you’re fortunate and break through, you understand what is truly of value in life. Material, power, dominance, and territory have no value. People wouldn’t fight wars, and the whole system we have currently would fall apart. People would become peaceful, loving citizens, not robots marching around in the dark with all their lights off. Gary Fisher
I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it’s so evil? What is it about it that scares people so deeply, even the guy that invented it, what is it? Because they’re afraid that there’s more to reality than they have confronted. That there are doors that they’re afraid to go in, and they don’t want us to go in there either, because if we go in we might learn something that they don’t know. And that makes us a little out of their control. Ken Kesey, The Beyond Within: The Rise and Fall of LSD
Any kind of consciousness that is not related to the production and consumption of material goods is stigmatised in our society today. Graham Hancock
February 2006 Held: the courts below did not err in determining that the Government failed to demonstrate, at the preliminary injunction stage, a compelling interest in barring the UDV’s sacramental use of Hoasca. Supreme Court of the United States: Gonzales, Attorney General et al v O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao Do Vegetal et al
His name is Yax Kuk Mo. His spirit haunts this valley deep in the rainforest of Honduras. He is the legendary founder of Copan, a Mayan city mysteriously abandoned over one thousand years ago. For four hundred years his dynasty of holy lords rules a kingdom through hallucinogenic visions, ritual warfare and human sacrifice. Nova: Lost King of the Maya, PBS 2001
Psychedelia: the realm of ancient rituals, and a place where space and time bend for recreational drug users. LSD: the most infamous of all the hallucinogenic drugs once thought to be a magic bullet for curing mental disease become a catalyst for social change. Psychedelics are banned but the chemists don’t stop. Psychedelic Underworld, National Geographic 2017
LSD: Insight or Insanity? ibid. 1968 documentary
Psychedelics became a Schedule 1 drug. ibid.
[Nicholas] Sand: manufactured a 300 micro-gram hit of LSD said to have special karma: Orange Sunshine … ‘10 million doses per kilo x 14.’ ibid.
DMT trip lasts just 15 minutes. ibid.
Let’s take a trip through the most visionary period in British music history: five kaleidoscopic years between 1965 and 1970 when a handful of dreamers reimagined pop music. In the mid ’60s a counterculture swapped the white heat of technology for an older Britain of Edwardian fantasy and bucolic bliss. From out of the Bohemian underground, psychedelia took over the pop mainstream. Psychedelic Britannia, BBC 2017
In 1965 the Yardbirds release Still I’m Sad: it was the sound of British R & B loosening its moorings. ibid.
LSD25, a legal substance introduced to Britain by America in 1965, began ripping through the Bohemian underground in 1966. ibid.
While UFO, LSD and Pink Floyd were galvanising the freaks, a group of misfits from Canterbury were developing a sound along parallel lines: Soft Machine. ibid.