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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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On Being Stoned: A Study of Marijuana Intoxication.

Tart, Charles T. (1971).
Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.

ISBN: 0-8314-0027-7

Description: First edition, xvii + 333 pages.

Contents: Foreword by Walter N. Pahnke, a fable, introduction, a note to the non-scientist reader, 31 chapters divided into 3 parts: 1. Studying Marijuana Intoxication, 2. Phenomenology of Marijuana Intoxication, 3. Relationships, 2 appendices: A. Effects of More Powerful Psychedelic Drugs, B. Questionnaire Used in This Study, references, index.

Excerpt(s): It is important for anyone to note before reading this book that the content is a careful study of the personal experience encountered when marijuana is used. This important fact sets this book apart from those primarily dealing with the pharmacology, medical implications, social desirability/undesirability, or the legal problems of marijuana, and it is the very reason Dr. Tart's approach breaks new ground in this controversial area. His method has been quite simple and straight-forward, yet it is one which has too long been ignored in modern behavioristic psychology by a misguided attempt to be "scientific" by avoiding subjective experience. Dr. Tart has asked persons who themselves have used marijuana what different kinds of experiences they have had. (foreword, Walter N. Pahnke, page vii)

SUMMARY/ For some users, important spiritual experiences have taken place while they were intoxicated with marijuana, or as a result of marijuana use. Some of these have been spontaneous, others deliberately sought through meditation, which many users feel is enhanced by intoxication. Because of these experiences, the use of marijuana has acquired a religious significance to some users. ...

Certainly some of the users have made marijuana or LSD use a religious sacrament for themselves, and two respectable chu rches in the United States have considerable experience in the sacramental use of the more powerful psychedelics.

My informants, who have extensive drug experience and have devoted much time to serious spiritual interests, note, however, the use of psychedelic drugs for spiritual growth has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantages center around the possibility of the drug experience serving as an "opening," an experience of possibilities and potentialities. The spiritual possibilities seen must be developed and worked with in the user's everyday life, however. Constantly seeking to reintroduce these spiritual experiences with drugs may lead to a substitution of thrilling experiences for real work. (pages 221-222)

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