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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

Eclectic Psychiatry.

Kaelbling, Rudolf, and Patterson, Ralph. (1966).
Sringfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

ISBN: none

Description: hardcover, xxvi + 891 pages.

Contents: preface, 27 chapters divided into 7 parts,1: Psychiatry in Comprehensive Medicine, 2: Determinants of Personality, 3: Psychiatric Examination and Terminology, 4: Clinical Psychiatric Syndromes, 5: Psychophysiological Correlations, 6: Psychiatric Treatment Methods, 7: Psychiatry and Society, index of authors, index of subjects.

Excerpt(s): At times drugs seem to be desired primarily for their intoxicating effect. The psychotomimetics are the most outstanding examples of this type. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-25), mescaline, psylocibin and bufotenin are being used because people enjoy the hallucinations, the alterations in the state of consciousness, and especially the rich imagery and phantasy life. (page 378)

In fact, willfully produced mental disturbances are tempting and appealing to the many people who want at least temporarily to escape from their normal existence, and it is among such people that psychotoxic agents, from alcohol to opium, find the most widespread spontaneous use. (page 425)

The number of substances which can produce temporary psychotic states is actually quite large, and a number of them have been known and used in ritualistic fashion for hundreds of years. (page 426)

Mescaline, in contrast to LSD, is a drug known and used for centuries. The Indians of the American Southwest chewed peyotl cactus, which contains mescaline. Because of the effects equivalent to those described for LSD, it is used in religious rites. The subject under the influence of the mescaline is thought to have supernatural ability. His predictions and comments are received with awe and respect. Psychotomimetic mushrooms and morning glory seeds are used similarly in ritualistic religious seances conducted by Mexican Indian groups. (page 429)

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