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Day: 3 February 2022

Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures

Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures. Charles Hayes. Penguin Random House Australia. ISBN: 978-0140195743

 An anthology of fifty narratives on unforgettable psychedelic experiences from the sublime to the terrifying.

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Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers. Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hoffman and Christian Rätsch. Healing Arts Press. ISBN: 978-0892819799

Ritual uses of psychoactive plants; detail the uses of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites while providing lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these plants and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances associated with them

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Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism. Daniel Pinchbeck. Broadway Books. ISBN: 978-0767907439

Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and psychedelic substances, including thinkers like Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and the new wave present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts and philosophers.

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The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the History and Use of LSD

The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the History and Use of LSD. Christopher Gray. Inner Traditions Bear and Company. ISBN: 978-1594773839

Details his experimentation with LSD over a period of three years and shares the startling realization that his visions were weaving an ongoing story from trip to trip. Gray makes the case that trips follow three stages. The first deals with personal issues and pre-birth consciousness; the second with ego-loss and the third with sacred and spiritual themes.

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The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys. James Fadiman. Inner Traditions Bear and Company. ISBN: 978-1594774027

In this psychdelic handbook, Fadiman outlines best practice for psychedelic journeys (both low and high dose) as well as reviewing lesser known research topics such as  psycho- therapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions. This book will be interesting for anyone looking for a more practical guide with some contextual information. 

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