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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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LSD: My Problem Child:

Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism, and Science.

Hofmann, Albert. (1980).
New York: McGraw-Hill.

ISBN: 0-07-029325-2

Description: First English language edition, xiv + 209 pages. Translated by Jonathan Ott.

Contents: Translator's 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, page 15)

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, page 209)

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