Where to begin your journey, plus a hand-picked selection of 20+ resources
So you want to learn more about psychedelic medicine. You’re curious, intrigued, excited, and perhaps also a little frightened.
You’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find guidance on where to begin your journey into the mystical world of psychedelic medicine via articles on The Journey as well as a host of other valuable, external resources.
Top articles for newbies
Top resources to dive deeper
A hand-picked selection of 20 helpful resources including articles, books, podcasts, and documentaries to get you started.
Start here if you're completely new to psychedelics
Watch How To Change Your Mind on Netflix (4-episode docuseries)
Watch The Mind, Explained: Psychedelics on Netflix (22 mins)
Read "The Psychedelic Revolution Is Coming. Psychiatry May Never Be the Same." in The New York Times (May 2021)
Order "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan (4k 5-star ratings)
Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines (2013) on Prime: Explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances and their previously established medicinal potential through interviews with the world's foremost researchers, writers, and psychologists.
Fantastic Fungi (2019) on Netflix: A descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth.
The Reality of Truth (2016) on YouTube: Explores how to access the true reality through plant medicine and meditation featuring Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and more.
The Medicine (2020) on Vimeo: A documentary about the mysteries of Ayahuasca and Amazonian Shamanism that follows former NFL player Kerry Rhodes and actress AnnaLynne McCord as they travel to Rythmia in Costa Rica to drink the medicine.
Hamilton's Pharmacopia (2016) on Hulu: Brooklyn-based chemist explores some of the most unique psychedelic drugs by traveling to the places where they originate to explore their chemistry and history, one substance at a time.
Trips of Compassion (2019) on Vimeo: An up-close look at MDMA therapy for PTSD shot in Israel, including coverage from actual therapy sessions from the clinical trials. Tim Ferris's "most compelling movie" of 2019.
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Top podcast episodes:
Joe Rogan - #1661 Rick Doblin: MAPS founder takes about Phase 3 clinical research and the commercialization of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD
Joe Rogan - #1678 Michael Pollan: Rogan catches up with Pollan about the current state of the psychedelic renaissance and his new book, "This Is Your Mind on Plants"
Goop - Changing your relationship to your memories: MAPS founder explains why MDMA is a promising psychedelic medicine to treat PTSD
Tim Ferris - Exploring the frontiers of psychedelics: Tim Ferris and Michael Pollan talk about psychedelics to treat depression and addiction, the Default Mode Network & how these medicines work, MDMA, and spirituality
Tim Ferris #347 Stan Grof, Lessons from ~4,500 LSD sessions and beyond: Tim Ferris interviews legendary LSD psychiatrist on the nature of reality, shamanism, spirituality, and the mapping of the psyche
Other podcasts to check out: Psychedelics Today, Plant Medicine Podcast, The Third Wave, Modern Psychedelics, Business Trip
"How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan: A former food journalist critically and diligently explores the emerging science of psychedelic medicine weaving in his personal experiences
"The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide" by James Fadiman: A Stanford psychologist shares detailed, practical tips for how to prepare, navigate and integrate psychedelic journeys, including his famous "Fadiman protocol" on microdosing
“Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences” by William Richards: A psychedelic research veteran and psychologist who works on the Johns Hopkins Psilocybin studies explores the mystical dimension of psychedelic experiences
“The Way of the Psychonaut” by Stanislav Grof: A comprehensive “encyclopedia for psychonauts” by the OG of psychedelic research. Grof is a transpersonal psychologist and draws from his experience guiding 4,000+ LSD sessions back and the day, and later holotropic breathwork, to develop this holotropic map of the psyche
"Consciousness medicine" by Françoise Bourzat: A psychedelic guide shares her decades of experiences on sacred mushroom journeys as practiced in the Mazatec traditions with an emphasis on providing guidance for the preparation and integration of psilocybin journeys
"A Really Good Day" by Ayelet Waldman: A novelist and mom of four reports on her 30-day microdosing experiment with LSD to treat her debilitating mood disorder PMDD while summarizing psychedelic history through the lens of her previous career as a public defender
"When Plants Dream" by Sophie Rokhlin & Daniel Pinchbeck: The author-anthropologist duo explores the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental impact that ayahuasca is having on society
That’s all! If you have specific questions comment here or reach out to me directly and I can help you navigate further.