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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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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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Disappointing...
16 July 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Most documentaries on drugs fall short simply because you cannot accurately describe the feeling of intoxication on film. But this one doesn't even try... Instead, it documents Richard Evans Schulte's journeys on the American continent, simply mentioning a long list of hallucinogens that he discovered during his researches. The reporter just visits places where Schultes has been and concludes that they're much more different today compared to a few decades ago (well duh...). Footage from actual shamanistic ceremonies is extremely limited and you never really get the feeling of understanding what's going on, not to mention that the reporter himself never actually tries the substances that he mentions (or if he did, he obviously did it off camera).

The cultured scholar might also remark from the beginning that one of the drugs mentioned in the title of this movie was made in a lab in Switzerland and has nothing to do with Schulte's journeys... Which is to say that the documentary simply forces a part on LSD which doesn't really fit in with the rest of the narration, probably to draw in more viewers since LSD is THE hallucinogenic drug that everyone knows. Now, if this documentary was called "The journeys of Richard Evans Schultes", it might have made a lot more sense, but the way it's presented here, you can't help but feel a little scammed...


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