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The Toad and the Jaguar

A Field Report of Underground Research on a Visionary Medicine
Bufo alvarius and 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine


Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.
With forewords by Stanislav Grof, MD. and Charles Grob, MD

Published by Green Earth Foundation and Regent Press

German Translation available here

In this monograph, I relate findings from more than 30 years of experiences and observations with this substance, in various user groups and individuals, both in the US and in Europe. I use the term underground in referring to the explorations with these substances, in the sense that they were hidden – out of respect for the restrictions and prohibitions of mainstream culture.

These are ethnographic field reports: first-hand observations from an underground sub-culture, accompanied by the experiences of a selected number of participant-observers. It is important to recognize that in research with these and other so-called psychedelic or entheogenic substances, one cannot limit the observations and reflections solely to their physical and psychological effects. As most of the people cited here emphasize, the experiences with these substances at times can go far beyond their physical and psychological effects into the deepest and highest dimensions of our existence, both the cosmic and the spiritual. – RM

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Charles S. Grob, MD
Foreword by Stanislav Grof, MD
The Toad and the Jaguar
Experiences with smoking Bufo alvarius toad venom
Effective and dissociative dosage levels
Individual factors affecting intensity of experience
Mode of ingestion and duration of effect
Cosmic consciousness, transcendence and dissociation
Speculative discussion
Spiritual shamanic healing experiences in group rituals
Negative reactions and precautionary practices
Possession states
Abusive guide behavior
The snuffing method of ingesting 5-Meo-DMT
Use of the Jaguar snuff to amplify healing practices
Preparation, integration and hatha yoga practices
Amplification of pre- and peri-natal experiences
Rebirthing and healing experiences in water
References and Bibliography

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