In this clip Doctor Humphry Osmond and Christopher Mayhew sit together for an afternoon of “infinite bliss” under the effects of mescaline. Mayhew invites Dr. Osmond to his home for an experiment with the psychedelic compound known as mescaline, the active ingredient in the peyote and San Pedro cactus. In the experiment, Mayhew takes the substance under the supervision and support of Dr. Osmond, who proposes him a number of psychological questions to gain observation on the altered state that would ensue.
The effects are profound and shocking to the subject, introducing him to the world of mystic insight and timelessness. Mayhew repeatedly reports that he is [...]
An investigation into the dramatic and mysterious world of the Huichol of Mexico – where perhaps the most traditional community of North America gave Benedict Allen the rare privilege of ritually taking their peyote, the hallucinogenic cacti, to bring him at last “face-to-face” with the gods.
One of Britain’s leading adventurers, Benedict Allen, is particularly known for his television programmes – occasionally made with the help of a film crew but more typically without. He paved the way for the current generation of TV adventurers.
Uniquely in television, his philosophy is to genuinely immerse himself in extreme or alien environments, going alone and [...]
Outlining a brief history of Peyote here is an excerpt from “Plants of the Gods – Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers” by Richard Evans Schultes and Albert Hofmann, Healing Arts Press (Vermont) 1992 !
Ever since the arrival of the first Europeans in the New World, Peyote has provoked controversy, suppression, and persecution. Condemned by the Spanish conquerors for its “satanic trickery”, and attacked more recently by local governments and religious groups, the plant has nevertheless continued to play a major sacramental role among the Indians of Mexico, while its use has spread to the North American tribes in the last hundred [...]