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Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

William Richards


Sacred Knowledge is the first well-documented, sophisticated account of the effect of psychedelics on biological processes, human consciousness, and revelatory religious experiences. Based on nearly three decades of legal research with volunteers, William A. Richards argues that, if used responsibly and legally, psychedelics have the potential to assuage suffering and constructively affect the quality of human life. Richards’s analysis contributes to social and political debates over the responsible integration of psychedelic substances into modern society. His book serves as an invaluable res ... More

Keywords: Psychedelics, Psychopharmacology, Mystical experience, State of consciousness, Spirituality, entheogen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231174060
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231174060.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Richards, author
Johns Hopkins University

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