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Paperback Book
July, 2002
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$23.50 CAD
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The question before us now is: Are we, as a culture, ready to seriously re-evaluate the intrinsic properties and potentials of this often misunderstood class of drugs? The time has come to put Timothy Leary and his much maligned legacy to rest, and to open the doors once again to a fair and objective inquiry into the potential risks and benefits of hallucinogens. It has been forty years since Leary’s encounter with the magic mushrooms of
. But have we matured enough as a culture to reopen this dialogue and debate? If so, then we have before us a fascinating and potentially valuable and enriching path. However, if we have not achieved the moral and psychological level of stability essential for this work, then this remarkable opportunity will once again be lost. —from the introduction by Charles Grob, M.D.

Published in Tarcher’s New Consciousness Reader series, Hallucinogens collects in one volume some of the most significant articles on the history, sociology, psychology, politics, anthropology, theology, biochemistry, and ethnobotany of hallucinogens across time and space. Among the contributors to this stimulating, authoritative and highly informative volume are Terence McKenna, Huston Smith, Jeremy Narby, Rick Strassman, Roger Walsh, Albert Hofmann, Myron Stolaroff, and Ralph Metzner.

The drug is only a tool, a catalyst, to attain certain altered states; which altered states depend on the intention. Furthermore, even where the drug-induced state is benign and expansive, whether it leads to long-lasting positive changes is also a matter of intention or mind-set… For someone whose conscious intention is a psycho-spiritual transformation, the psychedelic can be a catalyst that reveals and releases insight or knowledge from the higher aspects of our being. This is, I believe, what is meant by gnosis—sacred knowledge, insight concerning the fundamental spiritual realities of the universe in general, and one’s individual destiny in particular.

—Ralph Metzner, “The Role of Psychoactive Plant Medicines”

“This fascinating collection of thoughtful articles about psychedelics and their potential uses in medicine, psychiatry, and spiritual practice is full of colorful history, tales, facts, and speculations. Whether you favor or oppose the use of these mind-manifesting substances, you will find this anthology engaging and informative.” —Andrew Weil, M.D., author of From Chocolate to Morphine

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In the 40 years since the psychedelic initiation of Timothy Leary, through the ’60s counterculture movement and the War on Drugs, to this very day, the world at large has viewed hallucinogens not as a gift but as a threat. In this survey of recent writings, leading investigators and theorists in the fields of science, medicine, psychology, and religious studies reveal that a powerful social resource has gone largely untapped, and a re-evaluation is in order. July.

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