Drug Said to Cause Clairvoyance (Apr, 1932)

Drug Said to Cause Clairvoyance
A SOUTH AMERICAN plant called Yage is believed by natives to have the magical property of enabling the drinker to see great distances or through obstacles. Before the drinker falls asleep everything seems to be filled with hazy bluish rings. As the stupor deepens the sleeper sees vivid visions of things or people known to be somewhere else. This is the reason the drug is supposed to cause clairvoyance.

25 comments
  1. fluffy says: February 3, 20091:00 am

    I like how they don’t even try to whitewash it as anything other than stupor-based hallucinations, and even then people still probably read this article and thought it was for real.

  2. hwertz says: February 3, 20092:41 am

    In modern terms this is known as “tripping balls”.

    But seriously, it seems the active ingredient in this is DMT. Which, from what I’ve read, really does cause quite odd visions; I remember reading the descriptions of someone who probably took DMT entirely too often, he said he would be transported to another place, and see strange morphing machine creatures. They seemed to generally reassure him but he could not really understand what they were saying. Oddly, it seems the one invariant from others who have used DMT is they all see similar creatures. The trip apparently lasts 5-10 minutes, but time starts to lose meaning in DMT-land, so it could seem much longer or shorter. I don’t know WHAT they are seeing but it does truly give them visions of some distant land (even if that land is somewhere in the person’s head.)

  3. stinks says: February 3, 20098:16 am

    i believe in yage

  4. Steve J. says: February 3, 20097:14 pm

    This is something that is recuring in any number of Native Southwestern American religious belief systems. Carlos Castenades (SP) wrote about the Yaquie Indian beliefs in his Don Jaun books. The illusion of traveling through time and space is ingrained in our subconscience for some reason, i.e.,the feeling of falling or of being in any number of places while dreaming.Shamans and apprentices use concoctions to induce this state. As did a number of urban ‘pioneers’ in the 60′s and 70′s.

  5. jayessell says: February 3, 20097:46 pm

    hwertz…
    That’s spooky that independent users are having the same hallucination.
    (Unless they’re seeing actual ETs, or our cyborg descendants thousands of years in the future.)

  6. Jaber says: February 3, 20097:55 pm

    Yes, but these days we call it “Wacky Tobacky”

  7. wizardking says: February 3, 200911:22 pm

    No, we do not call it wacky tobacky Jaber.

    Yage is more commonly known as ayahuasca.

    it is never smoked.

    There is more to it than DMT, the entire notion of “active ingredients” was cooked up so pharma/industry could keep certain ingredients secret, innactive ingredients you may notice, needn’t be listed on the bottle.

  8. Jaber says: February 4, 20096:54 am

    Someone apparently can’t tell when someone else is being facetious.

  9. jay wellsman says: February 4, 200911:49 am

    With respect and from my own experience I know that DMT (which I understood derives from the ayahuasca plant) can may indeed be smoked. In a certain moment I recall the substance was mixed with tobacco and marijuana. The experience was shared by 6 individuals who all reported a different journey taken whilst under the influence. I know that one person found the experience to be complete and in some ways life changing and unecessary to be repeated, whilst others went on with a hunger for more. I heard the results were unfortunate for those who used DMT repeatedly. The individual who experienced positivity through using DMT wrote about it subsequently. The author is known to be a clear thinker with ‘feet on the ground’ and so I was very believing of the account and the benefit for that person in particular. It strikes me that we in the West simply don’t live in a world which allows us to understand the evocation of our long-buried deeper senses. Pity.

  10. fluffy says: February 4, 200912:16 pm

    > Someone apparently can’t tell when someone else is being facetious.

    Maybe with the right drug…

  11. KBK says: February 4, 200912:32 pm

    If you are interested in the heavily documented fundamental research that explains these considerations, try these books:

    “DMT:The Spirt Molecule”, By DR. Richard Strassman, “The Big Book of Near Death Experiences: The Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die” by P.M.H. Atwater, “PSI Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program” by Jim Marrs, “The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe”, by Lynne McTaggart (amazing!), “The Secret Life of Plants” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, and last but definitely not least…the two stunning books by the hypnotherapist DR. Michael Newton, “Journey of Souls” and the follow-up only made at the requests of the public, called “Destiny of Souls”.

    If, as a solid group of well documented books that spans the governmental offices of the world’s military research centers down to the documented research on average individuals to the tune of over 20,000 repeated and correlating separate research instances…research committed and enacted by skeptics and believers alike (all related and perfectly correlated) if that does not convince you – then you are beyond hope.

    If you are sincere in your desire to change your understanding of life and existence itself -while still within this skin called ‘life’, then you should march forward and consider these books as a core group of books that have what it takes to get the job done.

    To expand your understanding of who and exactly what you actually are..will come at a cost of about $150 for the books..and the dedication required to read them all. After that, the onus would be within you, for the message will be considered as ‘delivered’ at that point.

  12. Jerry says: February 4, 20091:45 pm

    At the end of “Junkie,” William S. Burroughs writes that he’s stopped taking heroin and is traveling to South America to try yage in order to increase his “telepathic sensitivity.”

  13. tinyearl says: February 6, 200912:40 am

    william burroughs proceeded to write the yage letters. this mention in modern mechanics is really rare and one of the first in a popular magaizine.

  14. dweebilfart says: February 8, 20098:03 am

    Burroughs also talked about his adventures down on the search for Yage in Queer, which has a very moving Forward in the later editions.

    DMT is a very interesting drug, and it certainly does take your mind into places where time, space, and even individuality really lose meaning. Those parts of “you” just fade into the background, and are wholly insensible. It provokes an extremely powerful experience that, given the wrong life-context, can be extremely unpleasant.
    My experiences were few, but all extremely positive. They gave me a sense of being “gone”, but never “outside”.

    But given the consistency of the experiences — all stylized from a very narrow range of tangible, visual, aural and also linguistic sensations — they certainly seemed both like distinguishable “parts”, and like wholly opaque, independent “entities”. I’m sure that, with the right comportment, the drug would be a powerful therapeutic.

  15. Chas Bogart says: February 9, 20093:49 pm

    Well, Morons, those of you who have doubts should go to the jungle and try yage: It will change your ethnocentic, stupid point-of-view.

  16. fluffy says: February 9, 20093:50 pm

    And obviously you are a very enlightened individual.

  17. Alex says: February 9, 20096:43 pm

    fluffy: niiiiice.

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  19. fluffy says: February 15, 20095:19 pm

    If only Charlie had taken Yage so he could predict the browser problem!

  20. jayessell says: February 15, 20096:54 pm

    etermDratBith…
    What is Safari doing, or not doing as the case may be?
    I’m using 3.2.1 in OSX 10.4.11

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  22. Love psychic readings says: May 10, 20111:56 am

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  23. John says: May 10, 201112:12 pm

    Love psychic readings: That’s a bogus urban legend. Maybe it’s true in your case though. “Psychic readings”, Humbug!

  24. JMyint says: May 10, 20111:25 pm

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  25. John says: May 10, 20111:32 pm
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