Below are links to online versions / .pdf downloads of various books and articles. Though the list is not exhaustive, you should find much of the best literature here. Let us know if there are any pieces you think we should put up, or if any current links are broken, via admin @ the psychonaut . org  [without the spaces].


1. Essential Literature
2. Recommended Literature
3. Substance-Specific Literature
4. General Literature
5. Fiction

1. Essential Literature:

Huxley, Aldous. (1954). The Doors of Perception

Leary, Timothy; Metzner, Ralph; Alpert, Richard. (1964). The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

McKenna, Terence. (1992). Food of the Gods.

2. Recommended Literature:

Anon. Some Simple Tryptamines

Bakalar, James B; Grinspoon, Lester. (1979). ‘Psychedelic Drugs in the Twentieth Century’, in Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered.

DeKorne, Jim. (1994). Psychedelic Shamanism: The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants.

Grob, Charles S. (1994). ‘Psychedelic Research with Hallucinogens: What Have we Learned?’, in Yearbook for Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness.

Harris, Sam. (2011) ‘Drugs and the Meaning of Life’.

Hunter, Robert. (1971). ‘The Acid Queen’, in The Storming of the Mind.

Huxley, Aldous. (1963). ‘Culture and the Individual’.

Lilly, John C. (1972). The Center of the Cyclone.

Lyvers, Michael. (2003). ‘The Neurochemistry of Psychedelic Experiences’, Science and Consciousness Review, Vol. 1.

McKenna, Terence. (1992). ‘Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness’.

McKenna, Terence. (1993). True Hallucinations

Metzner, Ralph. (ed.) (1968). The Ecstatic Adventure: Reports of Chemical Explorations of the Inner World.

Sagan, Carl. (1971). ‘Mr. X ‘, Marijuana Reconsidered

Sessa, Ben. (2006). From Sacred Plants to Psychotherapy: The History and Re-Emergence of Psychedelics in Medicine.

Turner, D.M. (1994). The Essential Psychedelic Guide

3. Substance-Specific Literature:

– 5-MeO-DMT
– Ayahuasca
– Ibogaine
– Ketamine
– Marijuana
– Peyote
– Mescaline
– Psilocybin
– Salvia Divinorum


Oroc, James. (2009). Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad.


Bresnick, T; Levin, R. (2006). Phenomenal Qualities of Ayahuasca Ingestion and its Relation to Fringe Consciousness and Personality’, Journal of Consciousness Studies’, Vol. 13, No. 9.

DeKorne, J; Aardvark, D.; Trout, K. (2000). Ayahuasca Analogue and Plant-Based Tryptamines.

Payaguaje, Fernando. (2006). The Yage Drinker

Riba, Jordi. (2003). ‘Human Pharmacology of Ayahuasca’.


Lotsof, Howard S.; Wachtel, Boaz. (2003). ‘Ibogaine Dossier: Manual for Ibogaine Therapy’.


Jansen, Karl. (2000). Ketamine: Dreams and Realities

R, Andrew Sewell. (2007). Ketamine: Peril and Promise.


Blewett, D., B; Chwelos, N. (1959). Handbook for the Therapeutic Use of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-25.

Cohen, Sidney. (1970). The Beyond Within.

Cohen, Sidney. (1950) LSD: Side Effects and Complications.pdf

D.B. Blewett, Ph.D. and N. Chwelos, M.D. (2002) Handbook for the Therapeutic Use of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-25.pdf

Dyck, Erika. Hitting Highs at Rock Bottom: LSD Treatment for Alcoholism, 1950–1970.pdf

Fadiman, James. (1966). ‘Opening the Doors of Perception’.

Golightly, B. H; Stafford, P. G. (1967). LSD: The Problem-Solving Psychedelic.

Hofmann, Albert. (1970). ‘The Discovery of LSD and Subsequent Investigations into Naturally-Occurring Hallucinogens’, in Discoveries in Biological Psychiatry.

Hofmann, Albert. (1979). LSD: My Problem Child

Hollingshead, Michael. (1973). The Man who Turned on the World.

Kirchner, Katharina. (2010) LSD-supported Psychotherapy: Effects on daily life and longterm changes.pdf

R. Andrew Sewell, John H. Halpern and Harrison G. Pope, Jr. (2006) Response of cluster headache to psilocybin and LSD.pdf

Savage, C. Stolaroff, M. J.(1965) Clarifying the Confusion Regarding LSD-25.pdf

Snelders, S. Kaplan, C. (2002) LSD Therapy in Dutch Psychiatry. Changing Socio-Political Settings and Medical Sets.pdf


Anderson, Patrick. (1981). High in America: The True Story Behind NORML and the Politics of Marijuana

Andrews, George. (1967). The Book of Grass: An Anthology on Indian Hemp

Goode, Erich. (1970). The Marijuana Smokers.

Mehldau, Brad. (2010). ‘Driving and Playing Music’.

Novak, William. (1980). High Culture: Marijuana in the Lives of Americans.

Tart, Charles. (2000). On Being Stoned: A Psychological Study of Marijuana Intoxication.


Naranjo, Claudio. ‘MDA, The Drug of Analysis’.pdf


Naranjo, Claudio. ‘MMDA and the Eternal Now’.pdf


Greer, GR. Tolbert, R. (1990) The Therapeutic Use of MDMA.pdf

Liester, MB. Grob, CS. Bravo, GL. Walsh, RN. Phenomenology and sequelae of MDMA use.pdf

Saunders, Nicholas. (1993). E for Ecstasy.


Basehart; Boyer; Boyer. (1973). ‘Shamanism and Peyote Use among the Apaches of the Mescalero Indian Reservation’, in Hallucinogens and Shamanism.

Bennett, Hal Zena. (1987). ‘Through the Lens of Perception’, in Shaman’s Drum.

Osmond, Humphry. (1961). ‘Peyote Night’.


Baggot, Matthew J. (1996). ‘Psilocybin’s Effects on Cognition: Recent Research and its Implications for Enhancing Creativity’.

Miller, Richard Alan. (1976). Magickal Mushroom Handbook.

Munn, Henry. (1973). ‘The Mushrooms of Language’, in Hallucinogens and Shamanism.

Salvia Divinorum

Aardvark, David, (ed.). (1998). Salvia Divinorum and Salvinorin A.

Hosseinzadeh; Imanshahidi. (2006). ‘The pharmacological effects of Salvia species on the central nervous system’, Phytotherapy Research, Vol. 20, No. 6, pp. 427-37.

Turner, D.M. Salvinorin: The Psychedelic Essence of Salvia Divinorum

4. General Literature:

Aaronson, Bernard S.; Osmond, Humphrey. (1970). ‘Psychedelics, Technology, Psychedelics’, in Psychedelics: The Uses and Implications of Hallucinogenic Drugs.

Aaronson, Bernard S.; Osmond, Humphrey. (1970). ‘Psychedelics and the Future’, in Psychedelics: The Uses and Implications of Hallucinogenic Drugs.

Adamson, Sophia (ed.). Through the Gateway of the Heart.

Barron, Frank. (1965). ‘The Creative Process and the Psychedelic Experience’, in Explorations Magazine

Braden, William. (1967). The Private Sea: LSD and the Search for God.

Clark, Walter Houston. (1976). ”Bad Trips’ may be the Best Trips’.

DeGracia, Donald J. (1993). A Short Guide to Hallucinogenic Drugs for the Explorers of Inner Space.

Faber, Lars. (2006/2010). The Sacred Voyage.

Furst, Peter. (1976). Hallucinogens and Culture

Inglis, Brian. (1975). The Forbidden Game: A Social History of Drugs.

Lilly, John C. (1977). The Deep Self.

Krippner, Stanley. (1969). ‘Mescaline, Psylocybin, and Creative Artists’, in The Psychedelic State, The Hypnotic Trance, and the Creative Act.

Krippner, Stanley. (1970). ‘The Effects of Psychedelic Experience on Language Functioning’, in Psychedelics: The Uses and Implications of Hallucinogenic Drugs.

Marks, John. (1979). The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control.

Marsden, Roger. (1999). ‘Sacred Work in a Secular World: Guided, Structured, Group Use of Entheogenic Substances’.

Naranjo, Claudio. (2001). ‘Experience with the Interpersonal Psychedelics’, in Ecstasy: The Complete Guide: A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA.

Spivak L. I. (1991). ‘Psychoactive Drug Research in the Soviet Scientific Tradition’, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Vol. 23, No. 3.

Tart, Charles. (1975). States of Consciousness.

Tart, Charles T. (1995). ‘Yes, we are zombies, but can we become conscious?!’, Journal of Consciousness Studies.

Wasson, R. Gordon; Hofmann, Albert; Ruck, Carl. A. P. (1978). ‘The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secrets of the Mystery’.

Watts, Alan W. (1962). The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness.

5. Fiction:

Carroll, Lewis. (1865). Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


*Most of the above are links to files hosted on other sites. Any content hosted on our site is either done so with permission of the author or in accordance with the ‘fair use’ rulings of the 1976 Copyright Act for non-profit academic, research, general information, and harm reduction purposes.