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A preliminary survey of paranormal experiences with psychoactive drugs

  title={A preliminary survey of paranormal experiences with psychoactive drugs},
  author={D. Luke and Marios D. Kittenis},
  journal={Journal of Parapsychology},
Since the earliest anthropological reports began relating the traditional use of psychoactive plants with shamanism, witchcraft, and magic (e.g., see Schultes & Hofmann, 1992), there has been an association between such substances and paranormal phenomena. Following the discovery of the psychoactive effects of LSD by Albert Hofmann in 1943 and the subsequent boom in interest in so-called "psychedelic" substances, a body of anecdotal reports of paranormal experiences began surfacing among… Expand

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