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Psychedelic Journey

A psychedelic journey is the altered state of consciousness experienced when one consumes a psychedelic substance such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, LSD, or DMT. Depending on the substance used, a variety of different experiences can occur, ranging from heightened senses, states of euphoria or peacefulness, vivid mental imagery, and even mystical or spiritual encounters. A person can also experience a "bad trip," which can include feelings of anxiety, paranoia, agitation, confusion, or even psychotic episodes. While some believe that difficult trips can be doorways to important growth opportunities, it is highly recommended that anyone seeking a psychedelic experience is aware of the risks and does so with a “trip sitter,” someone who can keep an eye on the person and ensure they remain safe while journeying.

Your Brain Is God

This collection of essays, written by the poster boy of 1960s counterculture, describes the psychological journey Timothy Leary made in the years following his dismissal from Harvard, as his psychedelic research moved from the scientific to the religious arena.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way.

Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures

In Tripping, Charles Hayes has gathered fifty narratives about unforgettable psychedelic experiences from an international array of subjects representing all walks of life–respectable Baby Boomers, aging hippies, young ravers, and accomplished writers such as John Perry Barlow, Anne Waldman, Rober...

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts’s exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can facilitate “when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding.

The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

More than fifty years after the Summer of Love, the promise of the psychoactive ’60s—that deeper self-awareness and greater harmony can be achieved through reality-bending substances and practices—is close to becoming a mainstream phenomenon.

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys

In The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys, Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including the study of the rea...

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience was published in 1966, just as the first legal restrictions on the use of psychedelic substances were being enacted.

The Doors of Perception

"A genuine spiritual quest. . . . Extraordinary.

TIHKAL: The Continuation

TiHKAL: The Continuation is the sequel to PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. TiHKAL is written about a family of psychoactive drugs known as tryptamines with TiHKAL being an acronym for "Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved”. Like its predecessor, it is divided into two parts.

Brian Blomerth's Bicycle Day

With Brian Blomerth’s Bicycle Day, the artist has produced his most ambitious work to date: a historical account of the events of April 19, 1943, when Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann ingested an experimental dose of a new compound known as lysergic acid diethylamide and embarked on the world’s firs...

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