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Let me quote some salient passages from Reichel-Dolmatoff s account: For other significant recent anthropological literature on Banisteriopsis in its aboriginal context see Michael J. Harner's The Jivaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls (1972) and Hallucinogens and Shamanism, M. J. Harner, ed. (1973). For those who read German, Koch-Grünberg's Vom Roraima wm Orinoco (1917-1928) contains much information on Banisteriopsis and other hallucinogenic plants in the mythology and practice of shamanism in Venezuela, the Guianas, and Brazil, and of course R.
They find wide application in obstetrics, in internal medicine, in neurology and psychiatry, (p. 349) Historic Breakthrough: The Discovery of LSD The significant part of our story begins in 1938, when Hofmann and an associate, Dr. W. A. Kroll, discovered d-lysergic acid diethylamide, a derivative of ergot. Because it was the twenty-fifth compound in the lysergic acid series to be synthesized at Sandoz, it was named LSD-25, the designation under which it was to become famous; but at the time, since tests on animals showed nothing of pharmaceutical interest, it was laid aside without being tested on humans.
Nonetheless, for whatever reason, and despite the fact that the natural chemistry of morning-glory seeds is far more reliable than that of synthetic hallucinogens available on the black market, except on the West Coast* they seem not to have become integrated to any notable extent into the drug subculture. Nor do we have any indication that morning glories ever entered ritual contexts in the Old World or even in South America. Thus the discovery and utilization of their psychic effects apparently belongs exclusively to the Indians of Mexico.