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Undercover: Operation Julie – the Inside Story by Stephen Bentley

As a historian of LSD culture in Britain (author of Albion Dreaming (2008) and Acid Drops: Adventures in Psychedelia (2015) with a special interest in the people and events which coalesced into what has become known in drug culture shorthand as Operation Julie, Steve was good enough to send me a...

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Rio Branco, Brazil, to be transformed into the global epicenter of ayahuasca culture and debate for 2016 World Ayahuasca Conference

From October 17-22, more than 100 international expert speakers and 60 Amazonian indigenous participants representing more than 17 indigenous cultures, will gather in Rio Branco, Brazil, for the second World Ayahuasca Conference. The event will celebrate ayahuasca culture and be host to dialogues on some of the most pressing issues...

Articulations

Articulations: On the Utilization and Meanings of Psychedelics by Julian Palmer

Julian Palmer’s Articulations (2014) is a personal treatise on psychedelic plants and substances based largely on the author’s 15 years of “profound research”. Taking into account both natural and synthetic substances, the author outlines the lessons he has gleaned from his experimentation, bolstered by personal trip reports, and discusses much...

Mystery School in Hyper Space

Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT by Graham St John

Graham St John’s Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT was first published in 2015 by Evolver Editions. The book joins other cultural histories centred on particular psychoactive substances, such as Shroom (2006) by Andy Letcher, Storming Heaven (1987) by Jay Stevens, and Albion Dreaming (2008) by Andy...

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Psychedelic Renaissance in the Czech Republic

Beyond Psychedelics, the first global psychedelic forum in the history of Czech lands, is coming to Prague this Autumn. Czechoslovakia once bred some of the most influential pioneers of psychedelic research, and the Czech Republic will provide shelter to those who are intrigued by psychedelic topics and who wish to...

The Rose of Paracelsus by William Leonard Pickard

The Rose of Paracelsus by William Leonard Pickard

The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets & Sacraments is something of a rare find when it comes to books on psychedelics. Described by its author, former Harvard and UCLA researcher William Leonard Pickard, as a “literary experiment,” his 2016 debut is an intriguing exploration of altered states of consciousness from...

Zig Zag Zen

Zig Zag Zen by Allan Badiner (ed.)

  The use of entheogens, like the practice of meditation itself, requires a global vision and an ethical basis with an ultimate objective of the happiness of all beings. The entheogens can be used erroneously as mere inebriators or narcotics, in the same way that religion, be it Buddhist or...

Aldous Huxley's Hands

Aldous Huxley’s Hands by Allene Symons

Originally published in 2015 by Prometheus Books, Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science by Allene Symons is a fascinating, multi-layered story. Part personal account, and part Huxley biography, the book is a lucidly told tale of exploration and experimentation. Symons, a former...

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Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research 2016

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research 2016 is the third international scientific conference on research into psychedelics organised by the OPEN Foundation. During this three-day event, international researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines will present their latest results and advances in scientific research on psychedelics. ICPR is a multidisciplinary, strictly scientific...

To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic by Ben Sessa - Artwork by Emma Watkinson

To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic by Ben Sessa

Author Ben Sessa is a psychiatrist, and his novel starts with a psychiatrist character, Dr Robert Austell, having a violent fantasy where he cuts a patient’s throat with a scalpel and nonchalantly watches her bleed to death. The reader can be forgiven for momentarily wandering just how autobiographical the work is, and...

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