Literary Review: ‘Animals and Psychedelics’ by Giorgio Samorini

Psychedelic Press UK

Originally published in Italy in 2000 under the title ‘Animali che si Drogano’, this English Translation of Giorgio Samorini’s ‘Animals and Psychedelics: The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness’ was published by Park Street Press in 2002. The author is an ethnobotonist, ethnomycologist and the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal ‘Eleusis, Plants and Psychoactive Compounds’.

In the introduction the author tells us that the connection between animals and inebriation is a hugely under-researched field. Samorini cites Ronald K. Siegal’s Intoxication: Life in Pursuit of Artificial Paradise (1989) as being an important precursor because Siegal observed and researched the connection in both the laboratory and the field. According to Samorini: “[W]hat I am try to draw attention to here—natural and intentional behaviour interpretable as drug use in the animal world—is something that is, even now, underestimated, for the most part accorded little value or at the least interpreted…

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