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Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (2008)

Plant Explorer Richard Evans Schultes was a real life Indiana Jones whose discoveries of hallucinogenic plants laid the foundation for the psychedelic sixties. Now in this two hour History ... See full summary »

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Wade Davis
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Plant Explorer Richard Evans Schultes was a real life Indiana Jones whose discoveries of hallucinogenic plants laid the foundation for the psychedelic sixties. Now in this two hour History Channel TV Special, his former student Wade Davis, follows in his footsteps to experience the discoveries that Schultes brought to the western world. Shot around the planet, from Canada to the Amazon, we experience rarely seen native hallucinogenic ceremonies and find out the true events leading up to the Psychedelic Sixties. Featuring author/adventurer Wade Davis ("Serpent and the Rainbow"), Dr. Andrew Weil, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and many others, this program tells the story of the discovery of peyote, magic mushrooms and beyond: one man's little known quest to classify the Plants of the Gods. Richard Evans Schultes revolutionized science and spawned another revolution he never imagined. Written by Peter von Puttkamer

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The untold story of hallucinogens: from jungle shamans to the hippie generation.

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USA

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English

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19 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Doorway to the Gods See more »

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Canada See more »

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Gryphon Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Dark Star
Written by Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann,
Phil Lesh, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Bob Weir
Performed by Grateful Dead
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A good introduction to the history of psychedelics in western society
25 June 2008 | by yediotmSee all my reviews

I've seen many documentaries about LSD and other psychedelics, but this is probably the most up to date, and the most thorough of them all. This film follows the journeys of renowned ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes who was the first western scholar to have tried Peyote, Magic Mushrooms, morning glory seeds and Ayahauasca 30 years before the hippies, in a time when the use of these sacraments was virtually unknown in the western world. The film also follows the psychedelic revival of the sixties through Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, Ken Kesey and all the usual suspects. If you are looking for a film about psychedelics, or if you are just open to new ideas and amazing worlds - this is the film for you.


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