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Magic Mushroom Explorer by Simon G Powell

The story of the Psilocybin-containing ‘magic’ mushrooms, of which there are hundreds of varieties worldwide, is in many respects a mysterious one. While its ancient use can be attested to some degree in South America, it is only in the mid-twentieth century that the Western world woke up to its...

Essential Substances by Richard Rudgley

Essential Substances by Richard Rudgley

The history of humans ritually using psychoactive substances goes back beyond the written record, and stretches across the globe through many disparate and far-flung cultures. The ubiquity of psychoactive plants, and substances, is cogent with our world today. However, as Richard Rudgley notes in his excellent cultural drug survey Essential...

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The Trippin’ Spriggan: A Call for Poets

Breaking Convention: 3rd Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness is happening in July, 2015 at the University of Greenwich, London. The previous two conferences have been fantastic events with over 700 delegates, 100 speakers, and some incredible workshops, and this third one looks set to be even better. It is our...

Decomposing the Shadow

Decomposing the Shadow: Lessons from the Psilocybin Mushroom by James W. Jesso

Originally published in 2013, ‘Decomposing the Shadow: Lessons from the Psilocybin Mushroom’ is written by James W. Jesso. The book, written partly from a personal perspective, examines the manner in which modern society and culture operate, and how the responsible use of Psilocybin-containing mushrooms can aid us in overcoming personal,...

Creating Romanticism

Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science and Medicine of the 1790s by Sharon Ruston

Originally published in 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan, ‘Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine’ is written by Sharon Ruston. Ruston is Chair in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Salford, UK. She has previously published ‘Shelley and Vitality’ (2005) and ‘Romanticism: An Introduction’ (2007), as well as editing...

The Inseparables

The Inseparables: He used LSD to recreate the horrors of Dachau by Russell Braddon

Originally published in 1968 by Michael Joseph Ltd., ‘The Inseparables: He used LSD to recreate the horrors of Dachau’ was written by Russell Braddon (1921-1995). The Australian author also wrote ‘The Naked Island’ (1952), an account of his experience as a prisoner of war in World War II. This review...

Psychedelic Society

Psychedelic Society announces #psychedelicpride photoshoot

After their inaugural meeting – Mainstreaming Psychedelics – last month at Conway Hall, London, the Psychedelic Society has announced its next event: the #psychedelicpride photoshoot. The shoot is taking place on Saturday, December 13 2014, from 12:00pm – 18:00pm, in central London (exact location tbc). LSD researcher, Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris,...

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Launch of the Psychedelic Society in London

The inaugural meeting of the Psychedelic Society (PS) – Mainstreaming Psychedelics – took place in Conway Hall, London on November 3. Nearly 400 people, representing different age groups and backgrounds, gathered together to watch four short talks. The speakers, and perhaps more importantly their fields, clearly indicated the ground on...

Timothy Leary

Literary Review: Timothy Leary The Harvard Years by James Penner (Ed)

Originally published in 2014 Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years – Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and others – is a collection of Leary’s authored and co-authored scholarly papers on hallucinogens. Sympathetically compiled, along with an introduction, by James Penner, the collection brings...

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