There can be no entity, be it government, social agency,
or the police authorities, with the right to prohibit an informed, responsible individual from tinkering
with his own consciousness.
| "If the doors of perception
were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed
himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern."|
The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell
The Doors Of Perception, and
Heaven And Hell
by Aldous Huxley
The most important work, because of its later influence, written in the west on
the subject of psychedelics. Huxley uses his immense literary gifts to illuminate
the subject of "breaking through" by the effects of mescaline on
his remarkable consciousness.
The Varieties Of Psychedelic Experience
by Robert E. L. Masters, Ph.D.,
and Jean Houston, Ph.D.
Brand new re-issue of the classic 1966 work.
If "The Doors Of Perception" was the most important
work on psychedelics because of its influence, this then is by far the greatest because of its impeccable research,
its far-ranging implications and its clear, lucid and compelling putting together of the evidence for the
remarkable therapeutic and consciousness-illuminating value of LSD and other psychedelics (principally peyote).
They don't, however, proselitize, and this is much to their credit. In fact, they go to some lengths to
inform the reader that an active pro-drugs "for the sake of drugs" mindset is fraught with peril, and do so in a
way that is both impartial and learned.
They're at their best, however, in their extraordinary recounting of the psychedelic experiences they conducted
themselves as guides. There are so many instances where the subject, usually a person with a very intense psychological
or emotional problem, arrived at a life-changing breakthrough, that it lingers long in the mind.
But the book is most of all a primer for their very lucid theory of the psychedelic experience and its various
stages or levels. It is, in fact, so well thought out and explained, that this reviewer wonders why
it had so little impact on the great body of psychedelic research, even after all these years. To me, it is the
only theory that makes any sense and it's also the only one that could be used in a therapeutic setting so that
the chances of errors or mistakes in guidance be effectively minimized.
The Politics of Consciousness:
A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Steve Kubby
The War on Drugs is in reality a war on Freedom. It is a war that brings
misery to millions of people in this country. Through this misguided effort,
the government has created a lucrative industry for gangsters and violent
criminals and created a new police state, with more people behind bars than
in any other country in the world!
Drugs can never be as dangerous as armed government agents who trash the Bill
of Rights, kick down doors, seize private property and make otherwise decent and honest people
into de facto criminals. It's time for us to stop playing on people's fears and
come up with a saner policy on drugs.
Smoke And Mirrors:
The War On Drugs
And The Politics Of Failure
by Dan Baum
After three decades of increasingly punitive policies, illicit drugs are more easily available,
drug potencies are greater, drug killings are more commonplace, the court system is
supersaturated, the prisons are exploding, and millions of ruined lives is the end result.
Dan Baum tells the story of how this War has escalated, who has benefited along the way,
and how the mounting cost in dollars, lives and liberties has been ignored.
Our Right to Drugs:
The Case for a Free Market
by Thomas Szasz
Makes the case for a free market for prescription and recreational drugs, tells
how drugs became an exception to property and privacy rights, how drug disinformation
thrives, how the drug war persecutes minorities, and makes doctors fearful of prescribing
certain drugs for ailments that cry out for them.
How We Got into This Mess
and How We Can Get Out
by Mike Gray
Drug Crazy is a scathing indictment of America's decades-long "war on drugs," an expensive and
hypocritical folly which has essentially benefited only two classes of people: professional anti-drug
advocates and drug lords. Did you know that a presidential commission determined that marijuana is
neither an addicitve substance nor a "stepping stone" to harder drugs... only to have President Nixon
shelve the embarrassing final report and continue the government's policy of inflated drug addiction
statistics? Did you know that several medical experts agree that "cold turkey" methods of withdrawal
are essentially ineffective and recommend simply prescribing drugs to addicts... and that communities
in which this has been done report lower crime rates and reduced unemployment among addicts as a result?
Whether he's writing about the American government's strong-arm tactics toward critics of its drug policy or
the reduction of countries like Colombia and Mexico to anarchic killing zones by powerful cartels, Mike Gray's
analysis has an immediacy and a clarity worth noting. The passage of "medical marijuana" bills in California
and Arizona (where the bill passed by a nearly 2-to-1 majority) indicates that people are getting fed up with
the government's Prohibition-style tactics toward drugs. Drug Crazy just might speed that process along.
Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered:
by Lester Greenspoon and James Bakalar
Overview of use of psychedelic drugs, nature of the experience, adverse effects and treatment,
and therapeutic and research uses.
Drug Warriors and Their Prey:
From Police Power to Police State
by Richard Lawrence Miller
The war on drugs is a war on ordinary people. Using that premise, historian Richard Lawrence Miller
analyzes America's drug war with passion seldom encountered in serious nonfiction. Miller presents
numerous examples of drug law enforcement gone amok, as police and courts threaten the happiness,
property, and even lives of victims--some of whom are never charged with a drug crime, let alone
convicted of one. Miller not only argues that criminal justice zealots are harming the democracy
they are sworn to protect, but that authoritarians unfriendly to democracy are stoking public fear in
order to convince citizens of relinquishing traditional legal rights. Those are the very rights that thwart
implementation of an agenda of social control through government power. Miller contends that an
imaginary "drug crisis" has been manufactured by authoritarians in order to mask their war on democracy.
He not only examines numerous civil rights sacrificed in the name of drugs, but demonstrates how their
loss harms ordinary Americans in their everyday lives.
The Politics Of Ecstasy
by Dr. Timothy Leary
Early work on psychedelics, the right to High, anecdotes about early psychedelic
movement, new introduction.
Why Marijuana Should Be Legal
by Ed Rosenthal and Steve Kubby
Rosenthal and Kubby offer crisp, well-reasoned argument for legalizing marijuana, obviously suffering
none of the short-term memory loss said to afflict the pothead as they proceed and never, never letting
a sentence trail off in an ellipsis. They contend that most of the evidence against marijuana is overblown,
misinterpreted, or false and that the war on the weed has harmed society more than the drug itself ever
could. After decades of government-sponsored antipot propaganda, and with California passing a ballot
initiative to legalize marijuana for medical applications, this is a timely screed.
Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts
by Lynn Zimmer and John P. Morgan
It is terrifying and humiliating to remind ourselves that ten thousand people every week are arrested
for marijuana handling because legislators do not pause over evidence as readily obtainable as is now
the case in a book that is exemplary, in terms of research graphically presented and concisely rendered,
on a large public question. It may be very dumb to use marijuana. But it is surely very wrong for those
who inveigh on the question to fail to consult this little book.
Marihuana, The Forbidden Medicine
by Lester Grinspoon and James B. Bakalar
For many centuries patients and physicians have found marihuana to be a highly
effective medicine. This drug, outlawed for decades in the US, provides relief from many ailments.
Yet the US government grants only twelve patients in the entire country the right to use marihuana
medically, and does even that with great reluctance.
by David Lenson
Challenges the ways we think about drugs. How drugs affect philosophy,
psychology, literature and art, and what this implies for public policy.
Flesh Of The Gods:
The Ritual Use Of Hallucinogens
by Peter Furst, (Ed.)
Furst, Schultes, Wasson, Reichel-Dolmatoff, La Barre and other contributors detail the use
of hallucinogens by specific cultures: ayahuasca in the Amazon, San Pedro in Peru,
peyote and psilocybe mushrooms in Mexico, Cannabis in many places,
iboga in Gabon, plus an overview of hallucinogens and the shamanic origins of religion.
Food Of The Gods: The Search
for the original Tree Of Knowledge
A Radical History of Plants, Drugs
and Human Evolution
by Terence McKenna
Ethnobotanist and raconteur Terence McKenna's research on man's ancient relationship
with psychoactive chemicals opens a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for saving
our troubled world. He provides a revisionist look at the historical role of drugs in the East and
West, from ancient to modern entheogens, illustrating the human desire for the 'food of the gods'.
by Thomas Lyttle
Broad, serious inquiry into the nature of psychedelic drug use. Gives examples of why
people use these substances and why they stay true to the subject. Excellent introduction.
by Dr. Timothy Leary
A first person account of the very early days of psychedelia: Leary's first trip, in Mexico (on mushrooms), his subsequent use of psilocybin in both research programs at Harvard and for
unapologetic "kicks" use, his first experience with LSD and the accounts of more than a dozen experiences
with such luminaries as Allen Ginsburg, Aldous Huxley, Arthur Koestler and others.