140 Books about Psychedelics

This is a bonus part of my post My Book Collection. The reason why it’s separate is because while the main post is highly selective, this one is not. I gathered this list with the intent of collecting all books that I found find written about psychedelics.

It’s not exhaustive because:

  1. I sticked mostly to relatively known books and easily available on Amazon.
  2. I very occasionally excluded some, often because I could tell in advance they are pure crap, but I avoided doing this best I can.
  3. Books on Ayahuasca and Mushrooms are limited.

Nevertheless, it’s still quite large, and likely includes all the major books about the topic. If you’d like to help expand this list, feel free to shoot me an email.

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There is quite a lot of books here, so I decided to divide it into 3 sections:

  • Tier 1: Books that I know are very good
  • Tier 2: Books that I know or have confidence that are decent
  • Tier 3: Books that I’m unsure if they’re good (doesn’t mean they aren’t)

Couple important notes:

This categorization is obviously and inevitably biased. You can ignore it if you’d like.

Just because I think a book is good, doesn’t mean I agree with it.

Tier 1

  • LSD: My problem child by Albert Hoffman

Fascinating read into its roots and history by Albert Hoffman himself (who originally discovered LSD, and fought to support its medical and spiritual use until his death in 2008, aged 102). A key figure in history, forever changing psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, and our very culture.

  • The Pharmacology of LSD: A Critical Review

Very technical and expensive, but gives you the science of everything you need to know about the substance.

  • The Doors of Perception: And Heaven and Hell

Classic and historical book by Aldous Huxley describing his mescaline experience.

  • Dropping Acid: A beginner’s guide to the responsible use of LSD for self-discovery

A very practical and rational guide to LSD, good introductory book.

  • The Manual of Psychedelic Support

Comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences.

  • Psychedelia: An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way Of Life by Patrick Lundborg

Very in-depth book about psychedelic culture.

  • Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal by Tom Shroder

Fantastic book on the history of the recent psychedelic renaissance plus the healing potential of LSD and Ecstasy, with an emphasis on the latter.

  • The Psychedelic Renaissance by Ben Sessa

Great overview of the potential of countless drugs such as LSD, MDMA, DMT, psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote, ibogaine, and more for therapeutic purposes. Also gives some history and context around the controversies psychedelics and its nature.

  • Confrontation with the Unconscious by Scott Hill

Connecting the psychedelic experience to Jungian psychology. Surprisingly the only one ever doing so in any comprehensive manner.

  • LSD Psychotherapy — The Healing Potential Potential of Psychedelic Medicine by Stanislav Grof

Very comphreensive book about the theories and experience of
Stanislav Grof in using LSD for psychotherapy.

  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman

Probably the most famous book on psychedelics. Rick Strassman gives an account of people’s experiences on DMT from his research in the 90s.

  • Noumenautics: Metaphysics — Meta-Ethics — Psychedelics by Peter Sjostedt-H

Contains a lot of philosophy and psychedelics are only a part of the book, but it’s quite good nevertheless. Connects the psychedelic experience with panpsychism (consciousness as an universal and primordial feature of matter).

  • Varieties of Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche by Robert Masters and Jean Houston

Comprehensive description on the psychedelic experience and a general overview on the topic.

  • Food Of The Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna

The adventures and theories of Terence McKenna. A classic book and key figure in psychedelic culture.

Tier 2

Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom

Albion Dreaming: A popular history of LSD in Britain

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

Acid Drops — Adventures in Psychedelia

Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience

High Society: Mind-Altering Drugs in History and Culture

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, by Jeremy Narby

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers

Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain

The Divine Spark: Psychedelics, Consciousness And The Birth Of Civilization

Psychedelic Medicine: The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche

Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy

To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic

Psychedelic Drug Treatments

Secret Drugs of Buddhism

Therapy with Substance: Psycholytic psychotherapy in the twenty first century

Hofmann’s Elixir: LSD and the New Eleusis

Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics

The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America

Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousness: Conversations with Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Rick Strassman, Jeremy Narby, Simon Posford, and Others

True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author’s Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil’s Paradise

The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research

Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD, the CIA, the Sixties and Beyond

A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

Moksha: Aldous Huxley’s Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience

Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind

Psychedelics Encyclopedia

Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus

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

Tier 3

The God Molecule: 50meo-Dmt and the Spiritual Path to Divine Light

The Toad of Dawn: 5-Meo-Dmt and the Rise of Cosmic Consciousness

Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research

Psychedelia Britannica: Psychactive Drugs in Britain

The Private Sea: L.S.D. and the search for God

The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook: The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying

Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of Dmt

Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon

LSD and the Divine Scientist: The Final Thoughts and Reflections of Albert Hofmann

The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the i Ching

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

Altered States of Consciousness

Everything I Know I Learned on Acid by Coco Pekelis

LSD: The Problem-Solving Psychedelic

Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream

Understanding MDMA Psychedelic Therapy: An Easy-to-Read Guide to the Controversies, History, and Future of MDMA / Ecstasy Therapy

Drugs — Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs

Ecstasy: The Complete Guide: A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA

Drugs and the Mind

Ecstasy: The MDMA Story

The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia

Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony

Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine

The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire: Health, Law, Freedom, and Society

Religion of Ayahuasca: The teachings of the Church of Santo Daime

The Secret Chief Revealed

Drawing it Out: Befriending the Unconscious

Spiritual Growth With Entheogens: Psychoactive Sacramentals — from the Good Friday Experiment to the Direct Experience of the Divine

Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures

The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, Ufos, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess

Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad: 5-MeO-DMT and the Bufo Alvarius Toad

LSD the Consciousness Expanding Drug

Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD

Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide

LSD, Marihuana, Yoga, and Hypnosis

Ayahuasca: Hallucinogens, Consciousness and the Spirit of Nature

Hallucinogens and Shamanism

Persephone’s Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion

The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Tributes to R.Gordon Wasson by Terence Mckenna, Joan Halifax, Peter Furst, Albert Hofmann, Richard Evans Schultes and Others

Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming: Volume 1

The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East

Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope to Depression. Addiction, Ptsd, and Anxiety

Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics

Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul

The Psilocybin Solution: The Role of Sacred Mushrooms in the Quest for Meaning

The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo

Love And Spirit Medicine

Plant Spirit Medicine: A Journey Into the Healing Wisdom of Plants

Entheogens and the Future of Religion

A Shaman’s Tale: Path to Spirit Consciousness

The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice: An Introduction

Manifesting Minds: A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality

Shamanism: Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within

Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America

The Accidental Shaman: Journeys with Plant Teachers and Other Spirit Allies

Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness

Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values

Breaking Open the Head

Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change

Mind-Altering Drugs: The Science of Subjective Experience

The Human Encounter With Death

Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman

The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine

Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development

The Psychedelic Anthology: Volume I

Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason: Volume 1

Articulations: On The Utilisation and Meanings of Psychedelics

Flesh of the Gods: The Ritual Use of Hallucinogens

The Holy Mushroom: Evidence of Mushrooms in Judeo-Christianity: A critical re-evaluation of the schism between John M. Allegro and R. Gordon Wasson in The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

Beyond Psychotherapy: The Laughing God behind the Masks

The Fractal Key: Shamanic Journeys, Spiritual Entheogens and Psychedelic Healing

Psychedelic Hero’s Journey of a Traveling Nobody


The Psychedelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity

Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noosphere

The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss

Psychedelic Horizons

The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience

Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

Tihkal: The Continuation

Mushrooms and Mankind: The Impact of Mushrooms on Human Consciousness and Religion

Visionary Ayahuasca: A Manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys

The New Science of Psychedelics: At the Nexus of Culture, Consciousness, and Spirituality

Iboga: The Visionary Root of African Shamanism

LSD, Spirituality and the Creative Process: Based on the Groundbreaking Research of Oscar Janiger M.D.

Through the Gateway of the Heart, Second Edition

The Entheological Paradigm: Essays on the DMT and 5-MeO-DMT Experience, and the Meaning of it All

DMT Dialogues: Encounters with the Spirit Molecule

DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible

DMT & My Occult Mind: Investigation of Occult Realities using the Spirit Molecule

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