MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,341 this week

Hofmann's Potion (2002)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 214 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Researchers try to establish the medical benefits of LSD.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 06 Feb 2011
 
a list of 216 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 181 titles
created 28 Aug 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 09 Nov 2012
 
a list of 192 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Hofmann's Potion" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hofmann's Potion (2002)

Hofmann's Potion (2002) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hofmann's Potion.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz
Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst
Substance (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

SUBSTANCE is the story of Thomas Cooper, an alcoholic who has been running all his life, but he's not sure what it is he's running from. As Tom struggles to over come his fight with alcohol... See full summary »

Director: William Tyler
Stars: Michael Gibbons, Mark Adam Goff, River Kanoff
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Schmidt
Stars: Patrick Sweeney
Documentary | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On a quest for spiritual awakening and healing, a naturopathic doctor and an accountant join others in the Amazon to drink a hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca or 'Vine of the Soul'. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Meech
Stars: Guillermo Arévalo, Gabor Mate, Dennis J. McKenna
97% Owned (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Oswald
Stars: Maddy Reilly, Ben Dyson, Anne Belsey
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

As interest grows in the psychoactive visionary brew Ayahuasca (the Mother of all 'teacher plants') so does the question of how to explain this mysterious phenomenon to the uninitiated ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Wiese
Stars: Pablo Amaringo, José Campos
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Thought Exchange is a simple yet profound way of looking at the world, that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time.

Director: Usher Morgan
Stars: Lucie Arnaz, David Friedman, Colleen McGloin
Documentary | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An experiential journalist ventures into the Amazon Jungle to discover the mysteries of a powerful visionary plant medicine and the shamans who work with it.

Directors: Timothy Parish, Rak Razam
Stars: Guillermo Arévalo, Even Dawn, Kevin Furnas
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A video camcorder, a store security camera, and concealed cameras candidly expose lives in three loosely-linked tales.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Stars: Nushrat Bharucha, Anshuman Jha, Neha Chauhan
Grass (1999)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

Director: Ron Mann
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Harry J. Anslinger, George Bush
Other Worlds (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The secrets about unlocking the mysteries of consciousness by plant-drugs. The related chances and risks involved in this shamanism.

Director: Jan Kounen
Stars: Pablo Amaringo, Guillermo Arévalo, Michel Boccara
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The eight entry in the popular South African candid camera series where Leon Schuster as the titular Skuks, Rob van Vuuren, Lare Birk, and Alfred Ntombela prank unsuspecting everyday South Africans.

Director: Gray Hofmeyr
Stars: Leon Schuster, Alfred Ntombela, Rob van Vuuren
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Duncan Blewett ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Abram Hoffer ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Laura Archera Huxley ...
Herself
Timothy Leary ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Metzner ...
Himself (as Dr. Ralph Metzner)
Humphry Osmond ...
Himself
Myron Stolaroff ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Researchers try to establish the medical benefits of LSD.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 2002 (Canada)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Albert Hofmann: I think that the possibility to have psychedelic experience is inborn. These psychedelics - very similar compounds are in our brain; of all the compounds which you find in the plant kingdom only the psychedelics are so closely related chemically to these brain factors, which we already have. We speak about the paradise of childhood. When I had this vision and beautiful experience as a child, this is no wonder, because we have these compounds already in our brain.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Be Somewhere Now
16 April 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Documentaries differ from ordinary film in one special way. One comes to a fiction film knowing that the value in it is what is left out. If the filmmaker and her collaborators have done a good job, they will have created a narrative, a story, and you do that by careful economy.

Documentaries differ in the sense that they purport to reveal a truth. They rely on narrative as well, but the presumption is that this narrative is discovered from what truly exists and is shaped in a way that minimally helps us grasp it.

Here we have a narrative about a substance whose property is that it gives us a slippery reality. It and its cousins have profound powers and by simple osmosis have affected every visual thing, every cinematic lexicon, and much literary shape. And here we have a film that leaves out too much, and since it consists of primarily interviews with LSD researchers (all of whom testify to altered truth) the thing has problems.

The narrative is simple enough. This is a serious chemical with effects that are worthy of serious, scientific study. This study is not allowed in the US (while research in other drugs is). The reason in this story is because Tim Leary promoted the drug as something inevitable and necessary for everyone — the next stage. Scads of young people took it and ended up in anti-war protests, so the story goes. This, coupled with government guilt over sponsoring Army research into using it as a weapon, have resulted in unreasonable proscription of otherwise promising research.

But the story leaves too much out.

The Army research was much more nuanced than reported, and in fact related work continues today. The researchers that are interviewed all took the drug themselves, so we get a tangled mess in terms of perspectives. You can't objectively observe something you think changed your life.

This was very well done for what it was. But I think they should have put more in. Then they would have found a better story. Sure, it would have been a different story than jack- booted thugs stomp on flower children — that story does exist. But they merely borrowed it for the far richer story that we will have to wait for someone else to tell.

Ram Dass is always a joy to encounter though.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


6 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hofmann's Potion (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page