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Not quite the book I was looking for, but worth a read
on 17 August 2016
If you're interested in the research surrounding these substances, you may find this book valuable. If you're looking for a practical guide to self-development, actualisation, and growth using psychedelics, you may be disappointed, as the actual "guide" part of the book is very small.
Having the word "sacred" in the title betrays the fact that the book may at times venture into the supernatural or religious (Fadiman was director at the institute of Noetic Sciences) but the book seems to stay relatively scientific throughout.
I ended up skipping a few parts because of boredom, a lot of the content here simply articulates in different ways how amazing psychedelics are. Nevertheless, I did gain some value from other parts of the book. It's worth noting this edition also contained a few typos.
Still worth reading for any aspiring psychonaut, and I am greatful for Fadiman's contribution to the cause!