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Best Books On Psychedelics

Explore the mind-altering world of psychedelics through literature that's been most recognized by leading voices in the field, each book gaining a spot for its frequent features in respected articles.

Recommendations from 36 articles, Steve Jobs, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Rogan and 33 others.
Best Books On Psychedelics
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The Doors of Perception
Aldous Huxley - 1954-01-01
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Explore the depths of human perception and consciousness through Aldous Huxley's philosophical essay. Originally published in 1954, this book details Huxley's personal experience with mescaline and delves into the insights he gained, from aesthetic pleasures to spiritual awakenings. Drawing inspiration from William Blake's poetry, Huxley shares his reflections on the meaning of art and religion through his transformative journey.
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How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Michael Pollan - 2018-05-17
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Explore the use of psychedelic drugs for treating conditions like depression, addiction, and anxiety in this brilliant and brave investigation. Join Michael Pollan on a personal journey into altered states of consciousness and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Discover the truth about these mysterious drugs and their potential to transform our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. A unique blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, this book is a triumph of participatory journalism and a gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier.
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The Spirit Molecule
Rick Strassman - 2001-01-01 (first published in 2000)
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Explore the effects of DMT in this revolutionary research into the biology of near-death and mystical experiences by clinical psychiatrist Dr. Rick Strassman. Injecting 60 volunteers with the powerful psychedelic, Strassman investigates the therapeutic potential of psychedelics and connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by some to be the seat of the soul. With consistent reports of near-death and mystical experiences and encounters with nonhuman presences, this book offers an intriguing insight into the nature of the human mind and soul.
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The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide
Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
James Fadiman - 2011-05-18
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Discover the true potential of psychedelics with this insightful guide. Written by a seasoned expert in psychedelic research, it covers safe practices and benefits for spiritual, therapeutic, and problem-solving use. Learn how to have a successful voyage, the value of having a guide, and how ultra-low doses can improve cognitive functioning and emotional balance. Explore the scientific and spiritual benefits of a journey with the help of research, case studies, and firsthand accounts from influential figures like Steve Jobs and Timothy Leary.
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Food of the Gods
The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
Terence Mckenna - 1993-01-01 (first published in 1992)
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Discover the fascinating history of plants, drugs, and human evolution in this counterculture manifesto. Delve into the topic of mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens through the eyes of a radical perspective. Illustrated and available in paperback for the first time.
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Joe Rogan
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LSD My Problem Child
Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism and Science
Albert Hofmann - 2005-12-01 (first published in 1979)
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An organic chemist shares the story of LSD, from its early days as a promising psychiatric research medicine to its transformation into a recreational drug that triggered hysteria and prohibition. Follow him on his trek across Mexico to discover sacred plants related to LSD, and read his correspondence with other notable figures about his remarkable discovery. Ultimately, he concludes that mystical experiences may be our planet's best hope for survival. This insightful book is more relevant now than ever.
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Tom Wolfe - 1999-10-05 (first published in 1968)
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Experience the revolutionary '60s with Tom Wolfe's account of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. Through the dangerous and playful journey on the Day-Glo bus, Further, Kesey linked the beat epoch with hippiedom and influenced works like Paul McCartney's Magical Mystery Tour. Wolfe's masterpiece provides a resonant pop-culture moment and a contact high for readers.
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Tim O’Reilly
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The Psychedelic Experience
A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Citadel Underground)
Timothy Leary - 2000-10-12 (first published in 1964)
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Discover the mystical and enlightening world of psychedelics with this manual. Drawing from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the authors reveal how it pertains to the living and offer a safe and appropriate way to partake in a psychedelic session. Originally involved in LSD experiments at Harvard University, the authors have continued their groundbreaking work outside of academia. Expand your mind with this insightful read.
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A Really Good Day
How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life
Ayelet Waldman - 2017-01-10
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A revealing and funny account of one woman's experiment with microdoses of LSD in an effort to treat her mood disorder and search for a really good day. Follow the author as she joins an underground group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD, exploring the history and mythology of the drug, cutting-edge research into its benefits, and the byzantine policies that control it. A must-read for anyone curious about the therapeutic value of psychedelics.
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True Hallucinations
Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise
Terence McKenna - 1994-04-22 (first published in 1993)
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Embark on a mind-bending journey through the Amazon Basin with a master of psychedelic plants. McKenna's spellbinding storytelling, whether describing a profoundly psychotic episode or a glimpse into the true nature of time and mind, is not to be missed. Plus, he provides down-to-earth reasons for preserving the planet. Follow along as he uncovers the secrets of the universe in True Hallucinations.
The Long Trip by Paul Devereux
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Plants of the Gods by Richard Evans Schultes
The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts
Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck
Psychedelic Medicine by Dr. Richard Louis Miller
Sacred Knowledge by William Richards
Trip by Tao Lin
Pihkal by Alexander Shulgin
The Immortality Key by Brian C. Muraresku
Acid Test by Tom Shroder
Tryptamine Palace by James Oroc
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible by K Mandrake
Acid Dreams by Martin A. Lee
Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss by Dennis McKenna
LSD Psychotherapy by Stanislav Grof
Consciousness Medicine by Françoise Bourzat
The Healing Journey by Claudio Naranjo
Drug Use for Grown-Ups by Carl L. Hart
Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World by Paul Stamets
The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna
The Fellowship of the River by Joseph Tafur
Good Chemistry by Julie Holland
Realms of the Human Unconscious by Stanislav Grof
Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion by Michelle Janikian
LSD by Stanislav Grof
Zig Zag Zen by Allan Hunt Badiner
Listening to Ayahuasca by Rachel Harris
Singing to the Plants by Stephan V. Beyer
The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo by Howard G. Charing
Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine by Allyson Grey
The Invisible Landscape by Terence McKenna
The Shaman and Ayahuasca by Don Jose Campos
The Secret Chief Revealed by Myron J. Stolaroff
Owsley and Me by Rhoney Gissen Stanley, Tom Davis
Psychedelic Healing by Neal M. Goldsmith
Psychedelic Psychiatry by Erika Dyck
The Psychedelic Future of the Mind by Thomas B. Roberts
The Genesis Generation by Lorenzo Hagerty
Psychedelic Wisdom by Richard Louis Miller, Rick Doblin
The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda
Island by Aldous Huxley
Peyote by Beatriz Caiuby Labate
Microdosing Psychedelics by Paul Austin
DMT and the Soul of Prophecy by Rick Strassman
Being Your Cat by Celia Haddon, Daniel Mills
The Yage Letters Redux by William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg