Category: Psychedelic Book Review

Plants of the Gods

Plants of the Gods by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann and Christian Rätsch

Originally published in 1979, this review of ‘Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers’ by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann and Christian Rätsch, is from the 2001 revised and expanded edition (Healing Arts Press). The authors of this book are all renowned within the psychedelic and entheogenic...

Mushroom and Mankind

Mushrooms and Mankind by James Arthur

Originally published in 2000 ‘Mushrooms and Mankind: The Impact of Mushrooms on Human Consciousness and Religion’ is written by James Arthur. The author is a long-time researcher in the field of ethnomycology and this book is short and succinct introduction to the relationship between humans and psychoactive mushrooms. The author...

Varieties of Psychedelic Experience

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience by Robert Masters and Jean Houston

Originally published in 1966, this review of ‘The Varieties of the Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche’ by Robert Masters and Jean Houston is written from the Park Street Press 2000 edition. The authors, husband and wife, were both founding members of...

The Book of Baphomet

The Book of Baphomet by Nikki Wyrd and Julian Vayne

Originally published in 2012 ‘The Book of Baphomet’ is jointly, and seamlessly, authored by Nikki Wyrd and Julian Vayne. Utilising elements of history, science, cosmology, drugs, personal experience and the occult, the book’s poetic blend explores the ‘occult deity of Life on Earth, Baphomet’ and paints a beautiful picture of...

Psychonaut's Guide

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape by Dan Carpenter

Originally published in 2006 ‘A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience’ is written by Dan Carpenter. The book details the thirteen high-dose experiences the author had with dextromethorphan (DXM) between January 2003 and July 2004. This book stands in the shadow of Terence McKenna’s...

The Pursuit of Oblivion

The Pursuit of Oblivion by Richard Davenport-Hines

Originally published in 2001 ‘The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics 1500-2000’ by Richard Davenport-Hines is a very well researched and densely packed history that documents changing attitudes to drugs in society. Davenport-Hines is a writer and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His previous works include ‘Sex,...

Bizarre Plants by William Emboden

Bizarre Plants by William A. Emboden

Originally published in 1974 ‘Bizarre Plants: Magical, Monstrous, Mythical’ was written by William A. Emboden. Emboden was the senior curator of botany at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, professor of biology at California State University and lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also authored the...

pharmakognosis

Pharmako/Gnosis by Dale Pendell

Originally published in 2005, this edition of Dale Pendell’s  ‘Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poisoned Path’ is the North Atlantic Books 2009 hardback edition. The concluding part to Pendell’s Pharmako Trilogy, which includes ‘Pharmako/Poeia’ and ‘Pharmako/Dynamis,’ the book largely deals with the phantastica and daimonica class of plants and substances....

Yanantin and Masintin

Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World by Hillary S. Webb

Originally published in 2012 ‘Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World: Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru’ by Hillary S. Webb is the result of the author’s work as a psychological anthropologist in Peru. It is both a personal and scholarly work that investigates a number of philosophical ideas within this...

Shedding the Layers

Shedding the Layers by Mark Flaherty

Originally published in 2012 ‘Shedding the Layers: How Ayahuasca Saved More than My Skin’ by Mark Flaherty is an autobiographical account of the author’s efforts to cure himself of severe eczema by undergoing a series of ayahuasca sessions in Peru. Mark Flaherty suffered a severe case of eczema, which affected...

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