It seems like everyone is trying to learn more about psychedelics and change their minds about, well, changing their minds. If you’re not sure where to start your education (or where someone you love should start their education), we have curated a list of five books that introduce us to the world of psychedelics and their potential to be medicine.
Step aside, counterculture. Scientific research is proving that these mind-altering substances are not just for getting high – they are tools that can enhance the therapy process and cultivate overall transformation.
How to Change Your Mind
Dive into the world of psychedelics with Michael Pollan’s No. 1 New York Times best-selling book. The former food journalist takes readers on a very approachable journey through the old and new science of psychedelics. The book also covers the rich – and widely unknown – history of psychedelic research starting in the 1930s.
The Psychedelic Explorers Guide
James Fadiman is one of the old school psychedelic researches, so he gets deep respect from us. The Psychedelic Explorers Guide is exactly what it sounds like – a guide to safe, therapeutic and sacred journeys with psychedelics. Fadiman covers microdoses (aka creativity/productivity doses), moderate doses (aka therapeutic doses), and high doses (aka spiritual/transcendent doses). The book dispels myths about psychedelics through both reviews of old and new research and “civilian science” case studies.
Food of The Gods
If you are just entering the psychedelic space, Terence McKenna is probably a name you’ve come across. Described as “a radical history of food, drugs, and plants,” Food of the Gods is an exploration of many substances (not just psychedelics). McKenna takes a philosophical approach to answering the question of why people have historically been so fascinated with altered states of consciousness. Can some of these substances change the world? Can some destroy it? Pick up this book to hear McKenna’s thoughts, supported by his own research as an ethnobotanist.
The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics
Finally, the field has a comprehensive book about the science behind microdosing psychedelics. Torsten Passie, MD, is a professor of psychotherapy and psychiatry affiliated with Hannover Medical School. In The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics, Passie gives a thorough overview of scientific data on the topic of microdosing. He covers both psychedelic literacy and the pharmacology of psychedelics. From a scientific perspective, he breaks down studies for readers. This is a mandatory read for any microdosers who want to know more about why and how it works.
Simon G Powell
The Psilocybin Solution
Connect with the nature of psilocybin mushrooms. Powell teaches us about the neurochemistry behind this psychedelic class of mushrooms, and provides an overview of the research – particularity on the effectiveness of psilocybin therapy in reducing end of life anxiety and managing OCD. In addition, the shamanic and sacred history of the psilocybin mushroom is covered, providing readers with a well-rounded education on the medicine.
“My experience with Wake Clinics was truly transformative. The psilocybin assisted sound-bath and integration therapy allowed me to dive deep into my subconscious and invite my pain and trauma to the table for a new conversation. Turning my pain into fuel rather than being a heavy weight to be ashamed of.”
Our immersions center around advanced mushrooms containing psilocybin. Psilocybin is a psychoactive compound being investigated by scientific academia for its potential to restructure brain cells and heal trauma, disorders and illness.