I have some Salvia divinorum and other visionary plant related video material available
in digital formats.
The films include TV broadcast documentaries. While these are not
commercially available I figure I should make them so for research and
information purposes, as long as I can avoid copyright concerns.
I may no longer be able to distribute such research material if copyright
becomes an issue.
Now released... the BitTorrent
Before getting into all that you might want to take a look at...
Sacred Weeds: the Salvia divinorum episode ~ via Google Video (not as
hi-res, but simpler if you just want to preview, don't necessarily want all
the material, and/or otherwise don't want to get into BitTorrent)
In addition, note that I have material available on disks...
Sacred Weeds - Salvia divinorum episode (~50 mins) - Channel 4
documentary first broadcast in 1998 - well worth seeing.
Soul Mining (~6 mins) - a short film about my
relationship with Salvia - made courtesy of the BBC but never broadcast
- Apologies: the Soul Mining film is no longer available
Jungle Trip (~50 mins)* - an Amazonian adventure in search
Xtras - a personal selection of documentaries and movie clips
Sacred Weeds - the other episodes (~ 50 mins each)
- three other episodes focusing on Amanita muscaria (the Fly Agaric
mushroom), Henbane, and the Egyptian Blue Lily.
DVD - standard DVD video format (region-free) suitable for play on most standalone
CD-R containing high quality compressed MPEG-4 video format (XviD) for playback
via your computer's media player(s) (or MPEG-4 capable standalone).
DVD-ROM containing MPEG-4 (XviD), again suitable for computer (or MPEG-4
standalone) playback, but with all
the above films on a single disk rather than split over two CDs, plus packed
full of loads
more extras, some of which are also available for download and are listed
In addition to video material, CD-R disk 1 and DVD-ROM also include an offline copy of
Salvia Divinorum Scotland web-site.
* Note that the 'Jungle Trip' documentary is included on CD-R disk 2.
CD-R/DVD-ROM disks will work on PC or Mac (tested on both) - should also
work with Linux (though as yet untested). XviD films will also work with
certain MPEG-4 capable standalone players.
DVD video disks have been tested on a variety of standalone DVD players.
- will refund if you have playback problems.
The requested donation:
£5 per individual DVD video disk
£1 per individual CD disk
£3 for the DVD-ROM
Special Offer: £10 for both DVD video disks including free copy of the
Cost covers postage and packing.
10 euros per individual DVD disk.
5 euros for both CD disks
5 euros for the DVD-ROM
Special Offer: 20 euros for both DVDs including free copy of the DVD-ROM.
Costs include postage and packing.
Lo-Res Sample Clips: (XviD format, - you may need
to update your
Media player - note also the new link Google Video at the top of
Ecstasy Rising (US PBS)
Documentary about the rise of MDMA. Particularly interesting for its expose
of US government propaganda and bad science.
Extreme Celebrity – Ayahuasca (UK Channel 4)
A questionable premise – sending C-list ‘celebs’ to the Peruvian Amazon in
order to ingest the psychedelic jungle brew – this program still managed to
suggest something of substance in the ayahuasca experience. The original
program assumed a short attention span and jumped all over the place to
different groups of ‘celebrities’ undergoing different ‘ordeals’. My edit has
removed such distractions, leaving only the ayahuasca story, uninterrupted.
Horizon – God on the Brain (BBC2)
Not a psychedelic investigation as such – but perhaps it should’ve been. A
highlight for me is where Richard (‘Selfish Gene’) Dawkins sports a crash
helmet with electromagnets attached and sits in the dark for half an hour to
see if this might induce a ‘felt presence’. The only feeling he reports is
that it was like sitting in the dark wearing crash helmet. – Priceless. Surely
much more compelling would be to see such rationalism pitted against, say,
Horizon – Psychedelic Science (1997 Swedish subtitles)
Includes an interview with Kary Mullis suggesting
that he wouldn’t have invented polymerase chain reactions (PCR - DNA detection
method), for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1993, if he had not used LSD.
mention the interesting recent speculation about Frances Crick’s use of
psychedelics and how this might have originally inspired discovery of the
structure of DNA.
Horizon – Time Trip (BBC2)
Again, not explicitly psychedelic, but interesting to anyone who’s had
experience ‘outside’ of time.
Last of the Medicine Men – Peyote (BBC2)
Benedict Allen’s two parter following the Huichol’s relationship with the
psychedelic cacti peyote
LSD – the Beyond Within (BBC2)
Another two parter, particularly memorable for it’s inclusion of (then MP, now lord) Christopher Mayhew’s
1955 filmed mescaline experience and following
National Geographic – Taboo (US)
A balanced investigation of western taboo on (certain) drugs, contrasting with
One Life – Detox or Die – Ibogaine (BBC)
Slightly melodramatic but nevertheless interesting fly-on-the-wall documentary
following one man’s attempt to kick heroin addiction with the help of ibogaine.
This version was originally signed for the deaf. I’ve applied masking filters
to remove the signer (not that I’ve got anything against deaf people).
Animated Minds – Schizophrenia (UK Channel 4)
A short animation. Not explicitly psychedelic, but stylishly done.
Shamans of the Amazon (download)
Somewhat low budget, but interesting subject matter.
Terence McKenna – A Short Interview (UK Channel 4)
Originally appeared as part of a docu-drama called [Fatal?] Embrace
The Hemp Revolution (Australia)
A detailed documentary about the suppression of hemp. Some of the revelations
about how multi-national companies (particularly the petrochemical and
pharmaceutical industries) have protected their vested interests should indeed
The Sand People of the Kalahari (from the BBCs Life of Mammals series)
A short extract. Not explicitly psychedelic, but nevertheless altered state,
and quite amazing.
Timeshift – the Cannabis Years (BBC)
Documentary on the UK phenomena on the ‘60s.
The two episodes that featured tribal use of psychedelic plants from Bruce
Parry’s excellent series, first shown in 2005.
The Babongo people of West Africa – part of the Bwiti faith that uses Iboga (ibogaine)
The Sanema people of the Amazon rainforest – who use virola (DMT)
The films for download and/or included on the DVD-ROM are typically encoded using the MPEG4 compression codec XviD, though some may be in encoded differently (e.g. DivX if still in an
original format as downloaded or as were sent to me). I’ve compressed or
recompressed a lot of the material myself with a view to fitting as much
content as reasonably possible. Some of the original material may be available
less compressed and hence at a higher viewing quality. I try not to overly
recompress anything beyond the point where quality suffers too much, but
you’re welcome to send me an email if you’re interested in anything in
particular. In some cases the original format was DVD video, and in any
case it's not out of the question to convert to it.