Hamilton's Pharmacopeia

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Hamilton's Pharmacopeia
GenreDocuseries
Presented byHamilton Morris
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkViceland
Picture formatHDTV
Original releaseOctober 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) –
present
External links
Website

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 societal impact of psychoactive substances. It chronicles Morris' travels and first-hand experiences, as well as interviews with scientists, shamans, and fringe culture figures.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Hamilton Morris, son of Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris, began writing for the print magazine VICE while he was still a sophomore at The New School. His first article, under the pseudonym D.H. Ticklish, reported on emerging psychoactive drugs. After publishing a second article, about young Hasidic men converting to rituals with psychedelics, Morris started a column called Hamilton's Pharmacopeia. This evolved into an identically titled webseries on VBS.tv, which developed into the television program for Viceland.[3][4]

Morris' unique qualifications include studies under psychedelics expert Nicolas Langlitz at The New School and scientific publications as a pharmacology researcher at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He works as a contributor to Harper's Magazine and National Geographic TV, as a correspondent for VICE on HBO, and as a science editor for VICE Magazine.[5][6]

Morris publicly advocates psychonaut interests, following in the footsteps of drug developer and self-tester Alexander Shulgin, who authored the seminal text on phenethylamines, a class of drugs including MDMA. His scholarly approach also incorporates what he calls "ethno-chemistry," an anthropological exploration of the cultural matrix that influences drug use.[7]

Episodes[edit]

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)

Season 1[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
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 Divinorium"November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)
44"Magic Mushrooms in Mexico"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[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watch Hamilton's Pharmacopeia Online at Hulu". www.hulu.com.
  2. ^ Jonze, Tim (16 January 2017). "PCP to psychedelic fish: uncover the stories behind the world's strangest drugs". the Guardian.
  3. ^ "Nesting, the Vice Media Way".
  4. ^ "Morris reveals the genius behind his drug-centered series 'Hamilton's Pharmacopeia'". 3 March 2017.
  5. ^ Ross Simonini (Feb 10, 2012). "A Psychonaut's Adventures in Videoland". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "VICE - Hamilton Morris". HBO.
  7. ^ Hermione Hoby (Jun 1, 2012). "Hamilton Morris gets high for a living – and invites you to watch". The Guardian.