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Science and Sacraments: Psychedelic Research and Mystical Experiences

Meet Frances Vaughan, who in 1965 took part in a legal research study on psychedelics. Under carefully controlled conditions, she was given a large dose of LSD and had a profound mystical experience that changed her life. Meet James Fadiman, one of the researchers who sat with her on that journey, and who had experienced his own life-changing laboratory-induced mystical journey. These stories and others offer insights into the fascinating history of psychedelic research and its relationship to mystical experiences. This film explores the research done by early pioneers, such as Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, and Timothy Leary; the subsequent shutdown by the government; and the current renaissance of research on the potential of psychedelics to enhance creativity, support cancer patients, and catalyze spiritual awakening.
Featuring in order of appearance: David E. Nichols, Frances Vaughan, Roland Griffiths, James Fadiman, Roger Walsh, Ralph Metzner, Alicia Danforth, and Angeles Arrien.
Produced for the Psychoactive Substances Research Collection at the Purdue University Libraries Archives.
The DVD includes the main movie (51 minutes) plus extras (30 minutes).
All royalties from the sale of this video are donated to the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Copyright 2012 Betsy Gordon Foundation


Dirty Pictures

Alexander Shulgin (Actor), Etienne Sauret (Director) Alexander Shulgin (Actor), Etienne Sauret (Director)

Alexander Sasha Shulgin is the scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy. Considered to be one of the greatest chemists of the 20th century, Sasha s vast array of discoveries have had a profound impact in the field of psychedelic research, making him a subject of fascination and controversy among fellow scientists and a folk hero to recreational users of psychedelics. Dirty Pictures uncovers the lifework of Dr. Shulgin and takes viewers inside his Northern California home where he lives with his wife of 40 years and continues to carry out experiments in a makeshift laboratory. Director √Čtienne Sauret likewise delves into the broader world of psychedelic research where the fields of chemistry, neuroscience and philosophy intersect and investigates whether or not this particular field could aid in solving the deepest mysteries of the human mind.


Peyote To LSD

Wade Davis (Actor, Producer, Writer)

Learn the secrets of shamans and medicine men. Retrace the thrilling explorations that revealed their ancient knowledge to the developed world. Sit at the knee of the man who brought their wisdom out of the jungle. In the 40s and 50s, when the Amazon was still a deeply mysterious, untracked region, Richard Evans Schulte followed the guidance of native experts tribal healers, shamans, mystics to find botanical treasure. For months at a time he combed the jungle, collecting thousands of samples and discovering plants unknown to the modern world, many of which produced fantastic chemical compounds with strong effects on our bodies… and our minds. In this ambitious feature-length documentary, renowned botanist, explorer and author Wade Davis (“The Serpent and the Rainbow”) reconstructs the travels and discoveries of his great mentor Schulte, the Father of Ethnobotany.


Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

Oliver Hockenhull (Director) Rated: NR


The Sunshine Makers

A real-life Breaking Bad for the psychedelic set, “The Sunshine Makers” reveals the untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of the 1960s American drug counterculture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD called orange sunshine, this documents their story as they tried to stay one step ahead of the feds.
Starring: Nick Sand, Tim Scully Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes



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