7 of the best psychedelic books ever written

Turn on, tune in, and drop out and into a good psychedelic book.

  • Psychedelic literature contains some of the richest prose and musings on the human condition.
  • A great deal of these books hail from the 20th century.
  • These are gateway books to a rich and other worldly adventure.
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Scientists Dose "Mini-Brains" with a Psychedelic Drug to Understand How It Works

It’s the 1st observed psychedelic-caused molecular changes inside human neural tissue.

Neural organoid or “mini-brain.” Credit: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In the Americas, shamans in pre-Columbian societies used psychedelic substances to help cultivate wisdom, gain insights, and commune with the divine. According to new research, such substances may help in more clinical ways. They could be used to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other psychiatric disorders.

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Will This Insanely Powerful Psychedelic Drug Someday Help Your Sanity?

As medicine's interest in psychedelic drugs increases,will a shamanistic brew join your therapist's list of go to prescriptions? 

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Did psychedelic mushrooms and group sex play a role in human evolution?

Psychedelic mushrooms may be the explanation to how the human neocortex experienced a dramatic evolutionary change from early hominids to homo sapiens.  

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Psychedelic drugs “expand" one's mind: this is how many people describe the changes in sensory experiences elicited by psychotropic drugs. A psychedelic trip can be good or bad, but it ultimately ends once the drug's effects wear off. According to the American ethnobotanist Terence McKenna, however, psilocybin-containing “magic" mushrooms had a profound and lasting influence on the course of human evolution.

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