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The Psychedelic Renaissance: Reassessing the Role of Psychedelic Drugs in 21st Century Psychiatry and Society

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Psychedelics were inextricably associated with the hippie counterculture of the 1960s and, more recently, with the rave music scene, and were once believed to hold great promise for treating a number of medical conditions as well as providing access to profound spiritual experiences. However, legal restrictions on the use of such drugs effectively forced them underground a ...more
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Published September 28th 2012 by Muswell Hill Press
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Daniel
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great read - I knew next to nothing about the area prior to reading Ben's book. I'm eager to continue learning about the role of psychedelics in medicine. ...more
Tiago Faleiro
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Had the pleasure of meeting Ben at this year's Breaking Convention in London and was quite impressed, which led me to give his book a try.

The book gives a comprehensive overview of almost everything related to psychedelics. From how they originated, to the counter-culture of the 60's, the emergence and ban of both LSD and MDMA, going into contemporary research, leading to what he calls a psychedelic renaissance. The book also touches on a variety of other less famous psychedelic drugs, and on to
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Sara
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is a fine book to provide to psychedelic newbies or skeptics--I myself kept thinking how much my dad would enjoy this book--for serious heads, this is nothing new. However, I really appreciate Sessa's work in boiling down a lot of complex science into very easily digestible chapters. He also summarizes the work of many luminaries in the field of psychedelic research, as well as providing some valuable advice to the more hot-headed among us to calm down and try to word things so that t ...more
Roger Green
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sessa gives clear, well-cited documentation of the history of psychedelics from the perspective of an M.D. and psychonaut. By just mentioning Michel Foucault and R.D. Laing he goes further than many to update how we ought to rethink psychedelic therapy. Like most respected authors on psychedelics these days, however, while giving a good long history of psychedelics he lacks an updated cultural critique from after the wake of poststructuralism. This is typical of books and research advocating the ...more
Steve
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great introduction for beginners. Broad in scope, honest in execution.

For more, uh, experienced readers it's got a list of lesser known but still interesting plant medicines (including the now popular kratom and kava), as well as a list of prominent psychedelic researchers.

In short, it's a primer on the basics. If you want to get up to date on the history of these substances and the cultural reactions to them you could start with far, far worse.
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Jordan
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great overview of the history of psychedelics in medicine, and little bits of the surrounding history and culture. Don't expect great depth in any particular direction but do expect a well written survey that is highly readable and entertaining. ...more
Caroline
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to the history and future of psychedelic use, both recreationally and therapeutically. Easy to read, not overloaded with scientific jargon. Although I could suggest another round of editing as it is loaded with typos.
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