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DMT and literature: An interview with Rick Strassman

Rick Strassman M.D. is the author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, a modern psychedelic classic, which chronicles Rick’s experiences conducting a human research trial with DMT between 1990-1995. He’s been kind enough to lend PsypressUK his thoughts on psychedelic literature, writing and his latest projects. The depth and breadth to...

Albion Dreaming

Albion Dreaming By Andy Roberts

‘Albion Dreaming’,  written by Andy Roberts, was first published in 2008 by Marshall Cavendish. The book explores the history of LSD use in Britain, charting the military, scientific and cultural use of the psychedelic since its introduction in 1952. Joining an illustrious line of psychedelic drug histories, ‘Albion Dreaming’ is...

The Drug User

The Drug User by John Strausbaugh (Ed)

Printed in 1991, ‘The Drug User: Documents 1840-1960’ is an anthology of drug-related literature that dates from before the beginnings of the psychedelic counterculture movement. Edited by John Strausbaugh and Donald Blaise, with a forward by William S. Burroughs, ‘The Drug User’ is filled with a literary flair so often...

LSD Doorway to the Numinous by Stanislav grog

LSD – Doorway to the Numinous By Stanislav Grof

First published in 1975 under the title ‘Realms of the human unconscious’, this 2nd edition entitled ‘LSD – Doorway to the Numinous’ chronicles 17 years of investigation by researcher and psychiatrist Stanislav Grof into LSD. The book has become one of the central texts in the psychedelic corpus. Stanislav Grof...

Shroom by Andy Letcher

Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom By Andy Letcher

Originally published in 2006, Shroom: A cultural History of the magic mushroom is one of the best written secondary works of psychedelic literature available. It examines a traceable history through what we can know to be sure about the cultural use of psilocybin mushrooms, to what smacks of cultural story-telling,...

The Archaic Revival

The Archaic Revival By Terence McKenna

‘The Archaic Revival’ was originally published in 1991. The book is a collection of articles, essays and interviews with psychonaut Terence McKenna, which he describes as “my explorer’s notepad, my journey of travel through time and ideological space. It stretches from the prehistoric veldt of Africa to the unimaginable world...

Writing on Drugs by Sadie Plant

Writing on Drugs By Sadie Plant

‘Writing on Drugs’ by Sadie Plant was originally published in 1999. The book is a dense examination on how drugs have influenced contemporary culture through the medium of literature. She uses a wide variety of sources and employs several post-structuralist theorists in her technique. Barthes’ ‘death of the author’ is...

A Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts

The Joyous Cosmology By Alan Watts

‘The Joyous Cosmology – Adventures in Chemical Consciousness’, by British born philosopher Alan Watts, was originally published in 1962. Watts takes a variety of his psychedelic drug experiences and creates a single stream of consciousness that works together as if a single trip. The style is engaging, thoughtful and well...

DMT The Spirit Molecule

DMT The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman

Originally published in 2000 ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule’, by Rick Strassman, has quickly become one of the leading books in psychedelic literature. Strassman presents a genuine attempt to tie up the esoteric and the scientific in a manner perhaps unrivalled in the genre. Powerfully written, the book contains elements of...

Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna

Food of the Gods By Terence McKenna

Published in 1993 ‘Food of the Gods’, written by psychedelic grandmaster Terence Mckenna, was part of a small host of books the author released in the early 1990s. It expands on the foundations of earlier works like ‘The Archaic Revival’, introduces a number of Terence’s theories and is, ultimately, a call for radical social change....

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