Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
LSD: My Problem Child:
Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism, and Science.
Hofmann, Albert. (1980).
New York: McGraw-Hill.
Description: First English
language edition, xiv + 209 pages. Translated by Jonathan Ott.
preface, foreword, 11 chapters, appendix: Chemical Formulas.
Note: First published
in German as LSD-Mein Sorgenkind.
Excerpt(s): Last Friday,
April 16, 1943, I was forced to interrupt
my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed
home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with
a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant
intoxicated condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated
imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the
daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted
stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense,
kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition
faded away. (excerpt from report to Professor Stoll,
I see the true importance of LSD in the possibility
of providing material aid to meditation aimed at the mystical
experience of a deeper, comprehensive reality. Such a use accords
entirely with the essence and working character of LSD as a sacred
drug. (closing paragraph, italics in original,
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