The early 1950s voyages of William S Burroughs to Peru led to his discovery of the hallucinogenic vine yage and issued in a book of notes and letters to his friend Allen Ginsberg in which he presented himself not only as a mystic and spiritual quester but also as a whistleblower on the activities of the Cold War superpowers.

Fascinating article by Andrew Lees, link via 3 Quarks  Daily.

Brief bio of Andrew Lees at UCL Institute of Neurology.

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