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.
"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."
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 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.
Investigative journalist Michael Pollan delves into the history of psychedelic drugs and describes his own "mental travelogue" while microdosing acid.
The first publication to describe microdosing in detail. The author, James Fadiman, a psychologist who co-founded of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Foundation, goes over his personal spat of microdosing, describing it in glorious clear-headed detail.
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 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 …
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 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.