The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will learn about the founding members, where the practices came from, where the Book of Mormon (Mormon Bible) came from, and most importantly, we will examine Joseph Smith in every aspect possibly available to us today.

On this episode, we invite on amateur Mycologist Cody Noconi to discuss the history of entheogen use in the human race. Much of the information has been well substantiated by multiple historians and Cody has merely compiled it and brought it to the listening audience. We cover human history from the Fertile Crescent all the way to the enlightenment period, maybe we’ve been stoners for longer than historians think. Once we get into Hermeticism and Alchemy, the connections to entheogen use starts to become very powerful, to the point we can’t ignore its influence. Please take this as a jumping off point to engage in researching this topic for yourself.


Cody’s Sources:

Pictures on NMPC website

Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection by Lance S. Owens

Doblin, Rick. “Dr. Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment: A 34-Year Follow-Up Study.” In Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, p419-426, Vol 30 (4), October – December 1998. 

Robert Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, Jonathan Ott, Carl A. P. Ruck. “Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion.” Yale University Press, 1986. 3. Barret, Francis. “The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer.” London, 1801. 


Doblin, Rick. “Pahnke’s ‘Good Friday Experiment’ A Long Term Follow Up and Methodological Critique.” In The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol. 2. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991. 7. 


Heinrich, Clark. “Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy.” Park Street Press, 2002. 

Siegel, Ronald K. “Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances.” Park Street Press, 2005.

Ott, Johnathon. “Pharmacotheon: Entheogenic drugs, their plant sources and history.” Kennewick, Washington: Natural Products Co, Second Edition Densified, 1996. 


  1. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, Carl A. P. Ruck, Huston Smith. “The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries.” North Atlantic Books, 2008. 


Scot, Reginald. “The Discoverie of Witchcraft.” England, 1584. 


Ruck, Carl. “The Effluents of Deity: Alchemy and Psychoactive Sacraments in Medieval and Renaissance Art.” Carolina Academic Press, 2012 


McKenna, Terrance. “Food Of The Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge.” Bantam; Reprint edition, January 1, 1993.


Stamets, Paul. “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms.” Ten Speed Press; 3 edition October 25, 2000. 


Rush, John. “The Mushroom in Christian Art: The Identity of Jesus in the Development of Christianity.” North Atlantic Books, 2011


Richard Schultes, Christian Ratsch, Albert Hoffman. “Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers.” Healing Arts Press; 2nd edition, 2001. 


  1. R. Griffiths & W. A. Richards & U. McCann & R. Jesse. “Psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences having substantial and sustained personal meaning and spiritual significance.” Springer-Verlag 2006. Received: 20 January 2006 /Accepted: 27 May 2006. 


Crowley, Mike. "Oriental Jones and the Medal of Freedom." Invisible College, First Edition, p24-26. 


Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies -


Information on Psilocybin Therapy for cancer patients -  


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