Psychedelic literature

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This is a list of psychedelic literature, works related to psychedelic drugs and the psychedelic experience. Psychedelic literature has also been defined as textual works that arose from the proliferation of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic research with hallucinogens during the 1950s and early 1960s in North America and Europe.[1]

The science of psychedelic drugs[edit]

Author Title Published
Peter Stafford Psychedelics 2003
Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin PiHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved: A Chemical Love Story) 1990
Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin TiHKAL (Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved: The Continuation) 1997
Rick Strassman DMT: The Spirit Molecule 2000
Michael Pollan How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence 2018
Jonathan Ott Pharmacotheon: Entheogenic Drugs, Their Plant Sources and History 1993
Stanislav Grof LSD Psychotherapy: The Healing Potential of Psychedelic Medicine 1975
Stanislav Grof, Christina Grof Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness 1981
Stanislav Grof, Hal Zina Bennet The Holotropic Mind: The Three levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives 1992
Stanislav Grof When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Realities 2006
Stanislav Grof Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy 1985
Stanislav Grof The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness
Joan Halifax The Human Encounter With Death 1977
James Fadiman The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
Myron Stolaroff The Secret Chief 1997
Daniel Pinchbeck Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism 2003
Peter Stafford Psychedelics Encyclopedia 1977
Nicholas Saunders E for Ecstasy 1993

The anthropology of psychedelic drugs[edit]

Author Title Published
Jeremy Narby The Cosmic Serpent
Richard Evans Schultes Plants of the Gods: Origins of Hallucinogenic Use
Richard Evans Schultes Vine of the Soul: Medicine Men, Their Plants and Rituals in the Colombian Amazonia
Wade Davis The Art of Shamanic Healing
Carlos Castaneda The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Subjective effects of psychedelic drugs[edit]

Author Title Published
Aldous Huxley The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
Aldous Huxley Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Visionary Experience
John C. Lilly The Center of the Cyclone
John C. Lilly Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments
Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Alan Watts Joyous Cosmology
Philip K. Dick The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
John C. Lilly The Scientist: a novel autobiography
Don Lattin The Harvard Psychedelic Club
William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg The Yage Letters
Terence McKenna True Hallucinations 1993
Robert Dickins Erin
Tao Lin Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change 2018

Political possibilities of psychedelic drugs[edit]

Author Title Published
Aldous Huxley Island
Todd Brendan Fahey Wisdom's Maw
Martin A. Lee Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion
Alexander Beiner Beyond the Basin
Ben Sessa To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic

Direct inspiration of the psychedelic experience[edit]

Author Title Published
Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Terence McKenna Food of the Gods: the Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge
Andrew Weil Spontaneous Healing
Thaddeus Golas The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
Baba Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) Be Here Now
Donald Dunbar Eyelid Lick
Christopher Carpenter Orange Sunshine and the Psychedelic Sunrise
William Leonard Pickard The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets & Sacraments
Duncan Fallowell Satyrday
T.C. Boyle Outside Looking In
Ernst Jünger Visit to Godenholm
Elsa Morante The world saved by kids

Psychedelic magazines[edit]

Academic journals addressing psychedelics-related topics[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dickins, Robert John. "The Birth of Psychedelic Literature: Drug Writing and the rise of LSD Therapy 1954 – 1964" (PDF). Retrieved 8 July 2020.