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The Magic Mushrooms Shop top 10 Psychedelic Books

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Despite the huge range of media, we have at our fingertips, here at the Magic Mushrooms Shop, we still believe that you can't beat a good book. So, to help keep the spirit of books alive, we’ve created a list of the top 10 psychedelic books for you to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Supernatural - Graham Hancock (2005)

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In this, well-written and well-referenced book Graham Hancock tries to answer the difficult question, “what suddenly made us evolve into modern humans?” He believes that psychedelics were probably a major factor in our evolution because they connect us with the “ancient teachers of mankind”.

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In the book, he takes a deep look at shamanism and the influence of psychedelics on the earliest forms of human art. He also describes his personal experiences with ayahuasca, ibogaine, magic mushrooms, and DMT. 

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The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley (1953)

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Philosopher Aldous Huxley blew the minds of his generation with this book which describes the first time he tried mescaline. He describes the experience beautifully, the way he connects with everyday objects, and the sensation of truly living in the present. 

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The main message of the book is about the importance of widening our perception to the things that lay beyond our normal, small reality. 

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How to Change Your Mind - Michael Pollan (2018)

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Michael Pollan was intrigued by the emerging studies showing the medicinal benefits of psilocybin. So, he decided to delve into the world of psychedelics and this book is the result of what he found. 

In How to Change your Mind, Michael Pollen explores the effects of psilocybin on end-of-life patients, and people suffering from addiction and depression. And he makes a strong case advocating the medicinal use of psychedelics. 

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As well as this, he describes his own, transformative adventures with psilocybin. And he gives well beautifully articulated descriptions of the psychedelic experience. 

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The Psychedelic Experience - Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner (1964)

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This is the original trip manual, written by psychedelic icons Timothy Leary and Ram Dass, and it’s based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. In the book, they relate the psychedelic experience to traditional Buddhist teachings, known as bardos. And it’s where Leary first put forward his ideas about set and setting.

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In The Psychedelic Experience, a trip is broken down into three stages or bardos. The first bardo is about ego death, the second is about riding the vibrations of the universe, and the third is about coming back down to reality. It’s a fantastic guide for both beginner and seasoned psychonauts alike.

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Woolf (1967)

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a raw, firsthand account charting the birth of the counterculture in 1960’s America. It follows Ken Keesey, literary icon turned felon and the Merry Pranksters as they ignite a social revolution.

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These guys united the counterculture with their epic road trip around the USA in a big psychedelic bus called “further”. They made parties known as acid tests and this is where they would dish out the LSD in Kool-Aid. Thus, opening the youth of America’s minds, one glass at a time.

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DMT the Spirit Molecule - Rick Straasman (2000)

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In the early ’90s, Rick Strassman carried out the first clinical studies of DMT. His research was groundbreaking, and he tells us all about it in The Spirit Molecule. In the book, he explores the evolutionary and psychological purpose of DMT and how it relates to the penial gland.

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As well as having a solid scientific base, the book also considers the effects of DMT on the human spiritual experience. And it contains lots of moving volunteer accounts from the studies. 

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LSD My Problem Child - Albert Hoffman (2013)

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This is the acclaimed autobiography of Albert Hoffman, the godfather of LSD. In this book, he gives us a thorough account of the incredible journey of LSD and its prohibition. 

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He describes the personal growth that came with taking LSD. And how it inspired his lifelong study of sacred hallucinogenic plants. And he also gives us a touching account of how psychedelics can improve humanity and help us to understand the world in both a scientific and spiritual way.

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PiHKAL - Phenylethylamines I Have Known and Loved - Alexander and Ann Shulgin (1990)

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Alexander Shulgin was the incredible scientist behind MDMA and he dedicated his life to creating psychedelic compounds. Together with his wife Ann, they used these psychoactive substances therapeutically as an aid for talking therapies.

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As well as being a touching autobiography, PiHKAL also gives a very scientific account of Shulgin and his compounds. And it even has a section dedicated to recipes. However, you’ll need a fully functioning lab to try them out. 

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The Psychedelic Explores Guide - James Fadiman (2011)

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James Fadiman has been strongly involved in psychedelic research since the 1960s. And in The Psychedelic Explorers Guide, he kindly shares his extensive knowledge. Thus, creating the ultimate manual for safe psychedelic exploration. 

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In the book, he covers a range of topics, from trip guides to prohibition, as well as the scientific and medicinal uses of psychedelics. As well as this, he lays out a clear dose structure. It includes a high spiritually enlightening dose, a moderate medicinal dose, as well as the many benefits of microdosing

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True Hallucinations - Terrance Mckenna (1994)

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In 1971, Terrance Mckenna, his brother Dennis and a bunch of friends went in search of sacred hallucinogenic plants in the Amazon Basin. This book is a mesmerizing surreal account of their experiences. 

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It’s a half diary, half incredible psychedelic insights that features spaceships and aliens. As well as profound concepts such as the development of the human language and consciousness. True Hallucinations is a fascinating insight into Terrance McKenna’s great mind.

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Conclusion

So, there you have it, our top 10 psychedelic books for you to enjoy. They’re a must-read for anyone serious about learning more about the philosophy, science, and spirituality of psychedelics.

 

Note: If you’re suffering from a mental illness and are curious about using psilocybin or any other psychedelic therapy, please consult one of the relevant medical authorities first. Do not self-prescribe, it’s vital to have the right support and guidance when using psychedelics as medicine.