Hamilton Morris

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Hamilton Morris
Born1987 (age 31–32)
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
Alma materThe University of Chicago
The New School
OccupationJournalist, writer, researcher, documentarian

Hamilton Morris (1987) is an American journalist and chemist. He is known for his television series Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, in which he investigates the chemistry, history, and culture surrounding various psychoactive drugs.


Hamilton Morris was born in New York City, the son of Julia Sheehan and documentary filmmaker Errol Morris.[1] He was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a teenager Morris appeared in television commercials, notably a 2002 advertisement for the first-generation iPod.[2] He attended the University of Chicago and The New School, where he studied anthropology and science.[3][4] He began writing for Vice Magazine as a college sophomore and was given a monthly print column titled "Hamilton's Pharmacopeia" that evolved into a series of articles and documentaries for VBS.tv focused on the science of psychoactive drugs.[1] He is a science editor of Vice Magazine and a correspondent and producer for Vice (TV series) on HBO, as well as a regular science columnist for Harper's Magazine.[5] Morris frequently consults with media on the subject of psychoactive drugs and conducts pharmacological research at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia[1][6][7] with an emphasis on the synthesis and history of dissociative anesthetics.[8][9][10][11]

Morris is currently writing books about clandestine chemistry and the murder of mycologist Steven H. Pollock.[4][12][13]



  • The Sapo Diary: Phyllomedusa bicolor skin secretions in Amazonia
  • Nzambi: Wade Davis's theory of TTX-mediated zombification in Haiti
  • High on Krystle: An exploration of the clandestine laboratory once operated by William Leonard Pickard
  • SiHKAL: An interview with Alexander Shulgin
  • The Icelandic Skin Disease Mushroom Fiasco
  • Hamilton Morris and the Philosopher's Stone: Psilocybin-containing sclerotium laboratories in The Netherlands.
  • Tanks for the Memories: An exploration of sensory deprivation tanks with Joe Rogan
  • The Ambien Effect
  • Swaziland: Gold Mine of Marijuana
  • Efavirenz as a classical psychedelic
  • Chinese synthetic cannabinoid laboratories
  • Businesses involved in the ongoing legalization of Cannabis in the USA

Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, Viceland[edit]



  • The Psychedelic Toad
  • Peyote: The Divine Messenger
  • Kratom: The Forbidden Leaf
  • Wizards of DMT
  • Ketamine: Realms and Realities
  • A Clandestine Chemist's Tale
  • A Fungal Fairy Tale
  • The Cactus Apprentice


  1. ^ a b c Green, Penelope (June 10, 2015). "Nesting, the Vice Media Way". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Apple "Switch" Campaign
  3. ^ Perlstein, Rick (2007). "What's the Matter With College?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Simonini, Ross (February 10, 2012). "Hamilton Morris's Web Series Hamilton's Pharmacopeia". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Morris, Hamilton (September 20, 2012). "The Weird Science Issue". Vice Magazine. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Halford, Bethany (April 10, 2015). "A Glimpse Inside The Sophisticated World of Synthetic Cannabinoids". Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Grigoriadis, Vanessa (April 7, 2013). "Travels in the New Psychedelic Bazaar". New York Magazine. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  8. ^ Morris, H.; Wallach, J. (2014). "From PCP to MXE: a comprehensive review of the non-medical use of dissociative drugs". Drug Testing and Analysis. 6 (7–8): 614–32. doi:10.1002/dta.1620. PMID 24678061.
  9. ^ Elliott, S.P.; Brandt, S.D.; Wallach, J.; Morris, H.; Kavanagh, S. (2015). "First Reported Fatalities Associated with the 'Research Chemical' 2-Methoxydiphenidine". Analytical Toxicology. 39 (4): 287–293. doi:10.1093/jat/bkv006. PMID 25698777.
  10. ^ McLaughlin, G.; Morris, N.; Kavanagh, P.; Power, J.; O'Brien, J.; Talbot, B.; Elliott, S.; Wallach, J.; Hoang, K.; Morris, H.; Brandt, S. (2015). "Test purchase, synthesis, and characterization of 2-methoxydiphenidine (MXP) and differentiation from its meta- and para-substituted isomers" (PDF). Drug Testing and Analysis. 8 (1): 98–109. doi:10.1002/dta.1800. PMID 25873326.
  11. ^ Wallach, J.; Kavanagh, P.; McLaughlin, G.; Morris, N.; Power, J.; Elliott, S.; Mercier, M.; Lodge, D.; Morris, H.; Dempster, N.; Brandt, S. (2014). "Preparation and characterization of the 'research chemical' diphenidine, its pyrrolidine analogue, and their 2,2-diphenylethyl isomers" (PDF). Drug Testing and Analysis. 7 (5): 358–67. doi:10.1002/dta.1689. PMID 25044512.
  12. ^ Morris, Hamilton (July 10, 2013). "Blood Spore". Harper's Magazine. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  13. ^ Lammer, Aaron (September 18, 2013). "Hamilton Morris". Longform (podcast). Retrieved July 10, 2015.