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Books, Movies & Music for Psychonauts

Continuing to engage in social distancing? We're all in this together. To help our psychedelic-curious friends get through periods of isolation—enforced or self-elected, now or in the future—we made a list of our favourite books and streaming video for expanding the mind and priming the pump for your next (or maybe first) psychedelic experience. We encourage you to bake yourself some cannabis edibles as an act of self-care and enjoy these books and movies about psychedelic drugs and the people who do them.

Think we’re missing something? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Books.

Island, a psychedelic novel by Aldous Huxley (1962)

Island, a psychedelic novel by Aldous Huxley (1962)

Island is the final book by English writer Aldous Huxley, published in 1962. It is the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. Island is Huxley's utopian counterpart to his most famous work, the 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World.

The African Roots of Marijuana

The African Roots of Marijuana

Expansive study of the millennia-long history of cannabis use in Africa and how racially charged European accounts of Africans’ cannabis use influenced and continue to influence popular opinion and cannabis policy in the West.

Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America by Box Brown

Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America by Box Brown

A well-researched and visually appealing graphic novel that explores the racially tinged, xenophobic, and politically self-serving attitudes that have played critical components in America’s prohibition of cannabis._ It is our hope that the continued gains made by the cannabis reform movement are part of a larger movement towards creating a more perfect union. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of …

We Will Call It Pala, a story for the psychedelic movement

We Will Call It Pala, a story for the psychedelic movement

"For more than a decade the renaissance in psychedelics had been the center of her life. She was sure it was her calling. Ever since Learie was a little girl she felt that she lived in a troubled world. Even in her youth she was aware not just of war abroad and violence at home but apathy, disconnectedness and inequity. This is a world in pain."

The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James

The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James

William James on Consciousness and the Four Features of Transcendent Experiences “Our normal waking consciousness… is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different… No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded.”

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

The novel opens in 1980, on the day that John Lennon is shot and killed, however a great deal of the story takes place in the 1960s and 1970s while an Episcopal bishop named Timothy Archer is seeking an answer to whether or not a psychotropic mushroom was associated with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Tom Wolfe's kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of a novelist character named Ken Kesey who leads a group called Merry Pranksters around the country during the sixties in a painted bus.

Films.

Adventure Time on Cartoon Network (2010)

Adventure Time on Cartoon Network (2010)

Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward (2010) Watch it on Youtube Twelve- year-old Finn battles evil in the Land of Ooo. Assisted by his magical dog, Jake, Finn roams the Land of Ooo righting wrongs and battling evil. Usually that evil comes in the form of the Ice King, who is in search of a wife. He's decided he should wed Princess Bubblegum, though she doesn't want to marry him. Still, he persists in trying to steal her …

Trainspotting (1996)

Trainspotting (1996)

Trainspotting directed by Danny Boyle, 1996 Watch the trailer Trainspotting is known for its bleak depiction of heroin use but its four protagonists – Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud – actually do scores of different drugs from the onset of the film. If you are familiar with Irving Welsh's other novels, you'll know to expect hard to understand Scottish dialect, plenty of depraved criminal acts and raves every weekend. Ecstasy (MDMA, Molly, X) features in Renton and …

The Midnight Gospel

The Midnight Gospel

Midnight Gospel on Netflix created by Pendleton Ward and Duncan Trussell (2020) Watch it on Netflix Is Netflix’s show ‘The Midnight Gospel‘ just like ‘Adventure Time’ on drugs, or is it more mind-bending? The show itself is a beautiful, psychedelic trip into existence self-existentialism, grief, accepting death and asking big questions about life. The main character, Clancy (voiced by Duncan Trussell), is a time-and-space hopping “space caster”, zapping himself into different planets throughout the multiverse as they’re seemingly on …

Waking Life, directed by Richard Linklater (2001)

Waking Life, directed by Richard Linklater (2001)

Waking Life is a rotoscope-animated docufilm by American director, Richard Linklater. A man shuffles through a lucid dream meeting various people—Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins—who unwind their beliefs on philosophy, the nature of reality, the meaning of our dreams and lucid dreams, human consciousness, the ultimate purpose of life, the truth about free will, and the beauty of existentialism.

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick's epic (and relatively accurate) science fiction film follows an astronaut's voyage to Jupiter and his relationship with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of a featureless alien monolith.

The Mind Explained: Psychedelics

The Mind Explained: Psychedelics

In part five of the Netflix series "The Mind Explained," experts answer some important questions about psychedelic drugs, the effects of these substances on the brain, and why psychedelics are banned.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Dennis J. McKenna, and Terence McKenna explain why DMT is one of the most powerful psychedelics known to humankind.