Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
On Being Stoned: A Study of Marijuana Intoxication.
Tart, Charles T. (1971).
Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.
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,
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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