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Easy Rider
by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper & Terry Southern
Publisher:
Columbia Pictures 
Year:
1969 
Reviewed by Pedro
5/14/2011

The classic low-budget film that symbolizes an end to innocence for the Sixties. Despite the glamorous, positive role drugs take on the movie the tragic ending sort of ruins it for the detached, free lifestyle the two main characters dreamed of. [ read more ]

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The Secret Life of Mushrooms
by Kat Green
Publisher:
Kat Green 
Year:
2011 
Reviewed by earth
4/18/2011

Kathleen Green’s “The Secret Life of Mushrooms” (2011) is a well-produced, accessible, forty-nine minute, drug-geek’s-eye-view of Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico, the town that launched psilocybin-containing mushrooms from local secret to international psychedelic drug through the pages of Life Magazine.

Cut into steep hillsides at 5,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of the state of Oaxaca (about 175 miles ... [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Healing
by Neal Goldsmith
Publisher:
Healing Arts Press 
Year:
2011 
Reviewed by Bruce Sewick
4/18/2011

Neal’s book Psychedelic Healing is a roadmap with a destination of the integration of Psychedelics into society. Along the way, Neal works to remove roadblocks preventing this, starting with the philosophical shift from psychology to psycheology weaving the soul (psyche is Greek for soul) back into the study of the core self. [ read more ]

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
by Gabor Maté
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books 
Year:
2010 
Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor
3/2/2011

Too many books are described as essential reading, but for anyone who has ever been touched in any way by substance abuse or other addictions, or for anyone who knows someone who has, and especially for anyone dealing professionally with medical and policy issues related to addictive drugs, this book simply must be read. Its importance cannot be overstated. [ read more ]

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Consciousness (A Brief Insight)
by Susan Blackmore
Publisher:
Sterling Press 
Year:
2010 
Reviewed by David Arnson
2/25/2011

“Consciousness is at once the most obvious and the most difficult thing we can investigate.” Susan Blackmore expounds upon, parses, and analyzes the great question and subject of consciousness. The elusive subject is often defined here by that which it is not, seemingly to home in on the “right” questions to ask… [ read more ]

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Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica
by Erik Davis
Publisher:
Verse Chorus Press 
Year:
2010 
Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor
2/1/2011

Davis makes connections, and he writes about making connections, and he traces much of this back to psychedelics, and in particular that mildest but most commonly used of psychedelics: weed. But that is the tip of the iceberg. Davis deeply understands psychedelics (and one would imagine, experientially), and he sees the formidable challenges they provoke. The other thing that Davis does that is important, and unbelievably rare, is to totally integrate the highest of high culture with the lowest of low; the world of intellectual theorists with the myriad subcultures of partiers who vastly outnumber them; the value of relying on science while retaining an appreciation for the essences of spiritual reality. [ read more ]

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McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underground
by Misha Glenny
Publisher:
Knopf 
Year:
2008 
Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor
1/31/2011

After examining the role of drugs in the success of various criminal groups, Glenny voices his strong support for legalization, characterizing prohibition as a major contributor to the existence of enormous networks of organized criminal activity around the globe. In particular, Glenny describes how the chaos that has long enveloped Colombia results directly from the utterly flawed logic of the war on drugs, with devastating effects on an agricultural-commodity-producing nation. He also provides evidence that the future of the large-scale trade in illegal drugs lies in synthetics. [ read more ]

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The Hummingbird's Journey to God: Perspectives on San Pedro, the Cactus of Vision
by Ross Heaven
Publisher:
O Books 
Year:
2009 
Reviewed by David Arnson
1/12/2011

The author tracks the experiences of twelve people, including himself, who have had the San Pedro experience. Carefully researched, this book is as much on spirituality and psychology as it is on the history and science of the enigmatic San Pedro cactus. The fact that this book works on so many different levels makes it a true pleasure to read and reread. [ read more ]

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The Herb Dangerous: The Psychology of Hashish
by David Hoye (ed.)
Publisher:
Level Press 
Year:
1974 
Reviewed by Erik Davis
1/12/2011

This fascinating and illuminating essay was one of four articles devoted to “The Herb Dangerous” that ran in the first volume of The Equinox, a review devoted to “Scientific Illuminism” that was edited by the notorious Aleister Crowley early in the 20th century. Arguing that hashish helps “roll away the stone” from the deeper dimensions of both ceremonial magic and Buddhist meditation, Crowley identifies three main effects of the drug. [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Shamanism
by Jim DeKorne
Publisher:
Loompanics Unlimited 
Year:
1994 
Reviewed by Erik Davis
1/12/2011

Despite some issues with the nitty-gritty details, DeKorne’s book belongs alongside Terence McKenna’s i>True Hallucinations and D.M. Turner’s The Essential Psychedelic Guide as one of the best books to emerge from the psychedelic florescence of the early 1990s. [ read more ]

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