Albert Hofmann (1906-2008), the father of LSD, was a world-renowned scientist, member of the Nobel Prize Committee, Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, and member of the International Society of Plant Research and of the American Society of Pharmacognosy. He was a leader in pharmaceutical-chemical research and the author of several books, including LSD: My Problem Child.
In the traditions of every culture, psychoactive plants--those known to transport the mind to other dimensions of consciousness--have been regarded as sacred. This book details the history, botany, and use of psychoactive plants and is lavishly illustrated with color photographs of the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactive plants.
Best known as the person who discovered LSD, Albert Hofmann was more than just a chemist. His insights into the human psyche and the nature of reality earned him a reputation as a visionary philosopher. This book--Hofmann’s last work before his death at the age of 102--offers his personal insights on mind-altering drugs, the soul, and the search for meaning in life.
A complete revision of the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. The authors detail the uses of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites while providing lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these plants and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances associated with them.