Hamilton's Pharmacopeia

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Hamilton's Pharmacopeia
Created byHamilton Morris
Directed byHamilton Morris
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes20
Executive producerHamilton Morris
Running time45 minutes
Original networkViceland
Picture formatHDTV
Original releaseOctober 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) –
February 8, 2021 (2021-02-08)
External links

Hamilton's Pharmacopeia is an American docuseries, which premiered on Viceland on October 26, 2016. The show follows Hamilton Morris as he explores the history, chemistry, and social impact of psychoactive substances. It chronicles Morris' travels and first-hand experiences, as well as interviews with scientists, shamans, and fringe culture figures.[1]


Hamilton's Pharmacopeia is a documentary series created, written, and directed by Hamilton Morris. It has been produced in various forms since 2009. Hamilton's Pharmacopeia began as a monthly column about psychoactive drugs written by Morris for Vice magazine. When given the opportunity to film short documentaries to accompany his written pieces, Morris began to produce Hamilton's Pharmacopeia as an online documentary series starting with the release of The Sapo Diaries that same year. Initially the series was only available on VBS.TV, but after its release on YouTube the series began to gain a wider international following.[2][3] From 2009 to 2017, Morris produced ten Pharmacopeia documentaries before the show began its first season on the cable television channel Viceland (now Vice TV). From 2016 to 2020, Morris directed twenty episodes of Hamilton's Pharmacopeia for Viceland. After delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the third season was released on January 4, 2021.[4][5][6]

Theme Music[edit]

Michael Ian Cummings


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26)December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)
28November 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)January 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)
36January 4, 2021 (2021-01-04)February 8, 2021 (2021-02-08)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"The Story of the South African Quaalude"October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26)
22"A Positive PCP Story"November 2, 2016 (2016-11-02)
33"Shepherdess: The Story of Salvia Divinorum"November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)
44"Magic Mushrooms in Mexico - Hamilton examines the historical and ethnobotanical uses of Psilocybe species. He travels to Oaxaca, Jalisco and Florida. On this journey he attends a traditional ceremony hosted by Maria Sabina’s son."November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16)
55"Fish N' Trips"November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)
66"The Lazy Lizard School of Hedonism"December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
71"The Psychedelic Toad"November 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)
82"Peyote: The Divine Messenger"December 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)
93"Kratom: The Forbidden Leaf"December 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)
104"Wizards of DMT"December 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)
115"Ketamine: Realms and Realities"December 26, 2017 (2017-12-26)
126"A Clandestine Chemist's Tale"January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)
137"A Fungal Fairy Tale"January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)
148"The Cactus Apprentice"January 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)

Season 3 (2021)[edit]

No. in
Title [7]Original air date [7]
151"Synthetic Toad Venom Machine"January 4, 2021 (2021-01-04)
162"A Positive Methamphetamine Story"January 11, 2021 (2021-01-11)
173"Xenon: the Perfect Anesthetic?"January 18, 2021 (2021-01-18)
184"Synthetic Ibogaine - Natural Tramadol"January 25, 2021 (2021-01-25)
195"Bufotenine: In Search of Hataj - Hamilton responds to viewer demands for a review on bufotenine. He travels to Northern Argentina to observe Anadenanthera in its native environment and examine the ancient ethnobotanical uses."February 1, 2021 (2021-02-01)
206"Ultra LSD"February 8, 2021 (2021-02-08)


The show has received widespread critical acclaim for its alternative and unusually honest approach to the portrayal of recreational drug use. Writing for The Guardian, Tim Jonze drew comparisons between Morris' obsessive dedication to his subject and similar qualities in his father. Praising his demeanor on the show, Jonze writes: "Morris is a good presence on screen – dressed all in white, he has a sort of charming awkwardness not dissimilar to Louis Theroux (they share the same disarming smile) and he allows his subjects plenty of space to tell their stories."[8] In another review for The New York Times, Ross Simonini praised the show's unique tone: "Mr. Morris has a grinning, laid-back persona, with an approach not dissimilar to Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism. In person Mr. Morris, son of the filmmaker Errol Morris, is bookish and intense, speaking with a fastidious attention to word choice."[9] Hermione Hoby made similar remarks, writing that Hamilton Morris proceeds with "a mix of gonzo abandon and scholarly rigour".[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jonze, Tim (16 January 2017). "PCP to psychedelic fish: uncover the stories behind the world's strangest drugs". the Guardian.
  2. ^ "Nesting, the Vice Media Way".
  3. ^ "Morris reveals the genius behind his drug-centered series 'Hamilton's Pharmacopeia'". 3 March 2017.
  4. ^ Ross Simonini (Feb 10, 2012). "A Psychonaut's Adventures in Videoland". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "VICE - Hamilton Morris". HBO.
  6. ^ "Season 3 Trailer". VICE TV. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Hamilton's Pharmacopeia – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  8. ^ "PCP to psychedelic fish: uncover the stories behind the world's strangest drugs". the Guardian. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  9. ^ Simonini, Ross (2012-02-10). "A Psychonaut's Adventures in Videoland (Published 2012)". The New York Times (in American English). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  10. ^ "Hamilton Morris gets high for a living – and invites you to watch". the Guardian. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2021-02-23.