Psychedelic History Documentary

Entheogenic Reformation has a heads-up to an upcoming television documentary that I’m very excited to hear about: “Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey”:

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.

The feature is scheduled to air on The History Channel on April 20th. Not only is the topic a great one, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Wade Davis presenting it (see this video for an example of the man’s knowledge and passion about ancient cultures).

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  1. I hate the History Channel
    I hate the History Channel here in Canada. They’re not affiliated with the US History Channel, so not all of their programming is the same and when it is, it is definitely not on the same schedule.

    I did a search on Wade Davis, and found this: http://www.history.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=83566 which sounds like an interesting program… but it’s already aired and there’s no indication that it will air again. >:(

    1. I hate the History Channel
      [quote=GuidermanH]I hate the History Channel here in Canada. They’re not affiliated with the US History Channel, so not all of their programming is the same and when it is, it is definitely not on the same schedule.

      I did a search on Wade Davis, and found this: http://www.history.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=83566 which sounds like an interesting program… but it’s already aired and there’s no indication that it will air again. >:([/quote]

      Try a youtube search for “Light at the Edge of the World”. It’s on there in 5 parts. Viewed the first few minutes. It does seem interesting indeed.

      Part one here…

      Cheers

  2. 🙁 I Don’t See This Scheduled!!
    How come I had a feeling that this was not actually going to be aired?

    “The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.”
    Stephen Jay Gould

  3. Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey
    Hey folks- I’m the director of Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey- and let me assure you it will be airing on the US History Channel- on April 20, 2008.
    This is despite the fact- that since we made the show- the channel has virtually stopped running actual History programming and is airing shows on Truckers and Loggers at work. But seriously- it’s a fascinating show- amazing to work on with Wade- working in 5 different countries- participating in rarely if ever filmed native hallucinogenic ceremonies from the American Southwest, to Oaxaca, Mexico to the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is maybe the first film to really look at the origins of hallucinogens (and their use as MEDICINE for native peoples to heal mind, body and spirit and its introduction to the western world:
    from jungle shamans to the hippie generation; it’s a true travel-adventure trip with Wade as our guide- taking us in the foosteps of his Harvard mentor- Richard E Schultes- we went and experienced all the same plants, medicines and hallucinogens that Schultes did…Bob Weir ads some great comments- plus lent us some cool Grateful Dead music and Dr. Andrew Weil brings a lot of authority and real perspective to the subject of hallucinogens: as institutions like UCLA, Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University revisit the psychedelics as a way of treating mental disorders, depression and even helping the sick and dying- we may realize that there’s more to learn from these gifts of the indigenous peoples, than was previously thought.
    See the trailer and a new Wade Davis Discover Magazine article at
    http://www.gryphonproductions.com or view the trailer on YOU TUBE.

    Best,

    Peter von Puttkamer

    1. Peyote to LSD- A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY- NEW AIRDATE
      PLEASE NOTE- PEYOTE TO LSD- A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY has a new airdate:
      It will premiere on the History Channel on April 19th, 2008 at 10:00pm-
      check local listings.

      Peter von Puttkamer- the Director/Producer

      1. Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey- new History Channel show
        NEW CLIP on YOU TUBE! See Gryphonfilms on you tube. Please note- the new clip on YOU TUBE for Peyote to LSD- A Psychedelic Odyssey; this shows a preview of the Amazon-Ayahuasca portion of the show. 2 hr. Special airs on the History Channel April 19th, 2008.
        Peter von Puttkamer- Director/Producer

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