The Psychedelic Cat Is Out of the Bag!
Inner Traditions is flying high with the release of Michael Pollan’s new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In this book, the New York Times best-selling author delves into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs, as well as his own personal journey into altered states of consciousness.
We are ecstatic not only that an author of such stature has taken up the subject of psychedelic therapy and the benefits of LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) to treat people suffering from depression, addictions, anxiety, OCD, and other conditions, but also that he cites many of our authors, who have been doing this research and championing these findings for decades. The release of Pollan’s book, as well as the government-granted research of psilocybin and other psychedelics at a handful of universities (including NYU, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and UCLA), signals that mainstream society is finally embracing the potential benefits of entheogens in the treatment of mental illness.
Inner Traditions, under its Park Street Press imprint, offers a wide range of books on the effects of psychedelics on the body, mind, and spirit, ranging from intimate memoirs to scientific reference guides. On our Psychedelics & Entheogens page, you can look through a complete list of our titles on these topics and the recognition our authors have received. Here is a small sampling of the many noteworthy psychedelic titles from Park Street Press and other Inner Traditions imprints:
The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman, Ph.D.
Pollan includes this book on the Psychedelic Resources page on his website, The Strategist, part of New York Magazine, recently called this book "The Microdosing Bible", and author Ayelet Waldman used Fadiman's methods and writes about them in her bestselling book, A Really Good Day.
Norm Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the American Holistic Health Association says, “Dr. Fadiman’s book offers the best information and guidance available today. Everyone interested in exploring the world of inner consciousness will find this work indispensable.”
Psychedelic Medicine by Dr. Richard Louis Miller
Dr. Miller was recently interviewed about his book on The Third Wave podcast, and Rick Doblin, Ph.D., executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, says about the book: “A fascinating book published at exactly the right moment--when there is more psychedelic psychotherapy research than any other time in the last 50 years. This book is an excellent introduction for those who want to better understand the emergence of psychedelic psychotherapy.”
DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman, M.D.
"This is probably the most thorough book on the psychedelic, DMT--its history, chemistry, uses (legal and illegal), and its effects. This is a very compelling, thoughtful book, written by a scrupulous scientist with the soul of a meditator." The Book Reader
This book was also the inspiration for a pop culture documentary, and author Rick Strassman was interviewed about his DMT studies by VICE in 2014.
Overtones and Undercurrents by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.
“This erudite set of well-documented case studies profoundly illuminates the empowerment and healing to be evoked through a masterful weaving of psychedelic medicines, invocations, and divinations. Metzner successfully challenges erroneous accepted worldviews with insights into both how karmic undercurrents of suffering persist across generations and how close we are to healing through the powerful practices he has developed and deftly illustrated here. So potent are these insights, the reading of this visionary book is an act of receiving the vital medicine it describes.” Janis Phelps, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies
Psychedelic Healing by Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
“Goldsmith bravely goes where few dare to tread, especially in his autobiographical vignettes that make clear how what is learned through psychedelic-assisted therapy can usefully be applied and integrated into everyday life. This book is highly recommended to anyone interested in learning how psychedelics may contribute to a healthier, richer, and more rewarding life rather than just assuming that these substances must be categorized as drugs of abuse. There is more to these substances than their pejorative categorizations within a Drug War: Psychedelic Healing offers an easy-to-read path to these deeper waters.” John H. Halpern, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Plants of the Gods by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, and Christian Rätsch
"Carefully researched, beautifully written, and abundantly illustrated, this book reminds us that the use of hallucinogenic plants has been a fundamental part of the human experience for millennia." Michael R. Aldrich, Ph.D., Curator Fitz Hugh Ludlow Library
The Psychedelic Future of the Mind by Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D.
“With the psychedelic renaissance now in full flower, this book provides timely insight into the many reasons that we should work to mainstream nonordinary states of consciousness for a range of beneficial uses and the practical ways we can do so.” Rick Doblin, president and founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
UPCOMING PSYCHEDELIC TITLES
DMT Dialogues, edited by David Luke and Rory Spowers, August 2018
Women of Visionary Art, by David Jay Brown and Rebecca Ann Hill, November 2018
Searching for the Philosophers’ Stone, by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D, December 2018