Category: Articles

by Lorna Johnson

Beyond Castaneda: A Brief History of Psychedelics in Anthropology – Part 1 1859-1950

This article was written by Jack Hunter – author of Why People Believe in Spirits, Ghosts and Magic – and appeared in the PsypressUK 2013: Anthology of Pharmacography. PsypressUK 2014 is out now and available here. By now the image of the adventurous anthropologist boldly experimenting with the psychoactive substances of their native informants is...

by Andrea 'Alam' Sciarne

Entheogens of Antiquity: The Golden Apples of Immortality by Scott Teitsworth

This article was written by Scott Teitsworth – author of Krishna in the Sky with Diamonds – and appeared in the PsypressUK 2013: Anthology of Pharmacography. PsypressUK 2014 is out now and available here. I recently discovered a fascinating connection between ancient Indian and Greek myths, which reveals a similar reverence for psychedelic substances...

by Lucy Brown

Psychedelics: More Real than Real

This article was written by Dimka Drewczynski and originally appeared in the PsypressUK 2013 Anthology of Drug Writing. PsypressUK 2014 is out now and available here. “There is no way you can use the word “reality” without quotation marks around it.” – Joseph Campbell  Appreciating how the world exists depends...

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Ayahuasca and the Release of the Black Demon by Mark Flaherty

This excerpt, by Mark Flaherty, is from his book Shedding the Layers: How Ayahuasca Saved More than my Skin and appeared in the PsypressUK 2013: Anthology of Pharmacography. PsypressUK 2014 is out now and available here. As the sun begins to disappear behind the treetops, the shamans remove the brew from the fire, filtering and...

Dr. Ben Sessa

A Psychedelic Researcher: The Pitfalls and Pleasures Campaigning for Psychedelic Research in the British Medical Profession, the Media and the General Public

This article  first appeared in the PsypressUK 2013: Anthology of Pharmacography. PsypressUK 2014 is out now and available here. A brief Biography I qualified in medicine from UCL, London, in 1997, specialised in mental health and now spend most of my time working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in...

The Chequered Sun by Edmond Griffith-Jones - Featured in PsypressUK 2012

Reservoir Drugs: The Enduring Myth of LSD in the Water Supply

This essay is featured in Andy Roberts’ collection Acid Drops: Adventures in Psychedelia (2016) When chemist Albert Hofmann’s accidental alchemy created LSD, a.k.a acid, in 1938 he unleashed on the world a drug so powerful that it had the power to permanently change lives and alter the individuals’ core beliefs...

Science Revealed

Messiah apprehended at Heathrow

To the Manic Messianic Man, Clinical stages of type 3 [Jerusalem Syndrome] • Anxiety, agitation, nervousness and tension, plus other unspecified reactions. • Declaration of the desire to split away from the group or the family and to tour Jerusalem alone… • A need to be clean and pure: obsession...

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