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The Road of Excess by Marcus Boon

Originally published in 2002 ‘The Road of Excess – A History of Writers on Drugs’ by Marcus Boon explores what he describes as the age-old relationship between literature and drugs. As a comprehensive survey of drug literature, the text is...

Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil

Originally published in 2010 ‘Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil’ is a collection of essays and articles, edited by Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Edward MacRae, on the emergence of ayahuasca-using religious movements in Brazil. Many of the articles are available...

Operation Julie by Lyn Ebenezer

Originally published in Welsh, in 2008, ‘Operation Julie’ by Lyn Ebenezer looks at what is arguably the most famous UK police drug operation in history. This English edition was published in 2010 and has the novel advantage of being the...

Waveform Festival Review 2010

Waveform is an environmentally-friendly, three day, 24hr psychedelic trance festival. This year the party took place in Suffolk, England and PsypressUK was there to cover the electronica blitz. All photos by Craig Pennell. Hanging from the middle of the roof...

Blue Tide by Mike Jay

Originally published in 1999 ‘Blue Tide – The Search for Soma’ by Mike Jay is the story of the author’s search for the potentially psychedelic plant soma. In attempting to unravel its mysteries, Jay is tackling, what is felt by...

Emperors of Dreams by Mike Jay

Originally published in 2000 ‘Emperors of Dreams – Drugs in the Nineteenth Century’ by Mike Jay is an extraordinary examination of the proliferation of various drugs during an enlightenment fuelled Victorian age. Drawing on meticulous research, the book manages to...

A UK Magic Mushroom Flashback

At a time when we’re being encouraged to have our say politically, it seems appropriate to have a little Magic Mushroom flashback. The active ingredients of Psilocybe mushrooms (psilocybin and psilocin) were made schedule 1 drugs in the UK, in...

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