In Search of the Ultimate High

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9780712670876: In Search of the Ultimate High

Throughout history, people have taken mind-expanding substances, whether out of curiosity, a need for development, or a deep longing for something greater than themselves. This practical and unusual book looks specifically at the use of psychoactive drugs in the spiritual quest - at how those who honestly seek the truth have taken them, not as an escape route, but as a way to inspire their lives. Absorbing and wide-ranging, the book covers the use of psychoactives - from LSD, Magic Mushrooms, and Ecstasy to Ibogaine and Ayahuasca - in different societies and religions, including shamanism, New Age movements and Rave culture. There are fascinating personal accounts and clear medical and legal sections.

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Throughout history, people have taken mind-expanding substances, whether out of curiosity, to gain self-awareness, or to experience the transcendental or sacred. For some, they have been a wellspring of insight; for others, they are a source of fear, loss of control, even death. In Search of the Ultimate High looks specifically at the use of psychoactive drugs in the spiritual quest ‹ at how those who have taken them not as an escape but as a way to enlightenment. While cautioning that psychoactive drugs need to be treated with enormous care and respect, this book opens up the debate on an often hidden and little understood part of our culture. Absorbing and inclusive, it examines the historical use of psychoactives in different societies and religions and includes information on the drugs themselves, fascinating personal accounts, and a medical section.

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"A guide and inspiration for anyone who has glimpsed the ineffable and wondered what on earth to do with their insight." - Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme Machine

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