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In Search of the Ultimate High
Spiritual Experience Through Psychoactives
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Author(s) :
Nicholas Saunders
Anja Saunders
Michelle Pauli
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Edition(s) at Erowid :
2000(pb,1st ed,f-)
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Ridler Books
Throughout history, people have taken mind-expanding substances. Whether out of curiosity, a need for development or a deep longing for something greater than themselves, they have always searched the realms beyond the here and now.

In Search of the Ultimate High looks specifically at the use of psychoactive drugs in the spiritual quest - at how those who honestly seek the truth have taken them, not as an escape route but as a way to inspire their lives. While explaining that they need to be treated with enormous care and respect, this unusual book opens up the debate on an often hidden and little understood part of our culture. Absorbing and wide ranging, In Search of the Ultimate High shows how some have had profound experiences through psychoactive drugs, have been able to explore the limits of view - and the vastness of life itself.

  • The use of psychoactives in different societies and religions, including shamanism, New Age movements and Rave Culture.
  • From LSD, Magic Mushrooms and Ecstasy - to Ibogaine and Ayahuasca
  • Fascinating personal accounts
  • Clear medical and legal sections
  • Foreword by Alexander and Ann Shulgin

"A rational and important addition to the debate concerning the use of psychoactives in our own culture."
-- Richard Rudgley, author of The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances

"An easy-to-understand, immensely practical guide to the sane and safe application of psychoactives. I recommend it highly."
-- Ralph Metzner, author of The Unfolding Self and The Well of Remembrance

"At last here is a book that tells the truth about psychoactive drugs ... a guide and inspiration for anyone who has glimpsed the ineffable and wondered what on earth to do with their insight."
-- Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme Machine

Nicholas Saunders was the author of E for Ecstasy, Ecstasy and the Dance Culture and Ecstasy Reconsidered. He died in a car accident in 1998. His wife, Anja Saunders, a complementary therapist specializing in self-development, and researcher Michelle Pauli, completed this book after his death.