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Sources of information for psychedelic therapy

Self-studies is one of the few ways to acquire knowledge of psychedelics, but fortunately there is a lot to read out there. A lot is from the 60's, when both psychedelics-assisted therapy and research were in bloom, but there's also plenty from later years. Here is some of what I have read/consumed with comments. Favorites are marked in bold.



  • Psychedelics 101 & 102 for Clinicians Winter 2019, Center for Optimal Living, New York & #8211; Ingmar Gorman / Elizabeth Nielson
    • Focused on history and current status of psychedelics, some discussions and group work around harm reduction, preparation and integration.
  • Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians - Psychedelics Today
    • A really thorough introduction to psychedelics and integration. Course available online both for clinicians and aimed at journeyers as well.
  • Internal Family Systems - IFS Institute
    • Training in IFS, one of the approaches commonly used in psychedelic therapy.
  • Compassionate Inquiry (Short Course) - Gabor Maté
    • A course in Gabor Maté’s psychotherapeutic model which blends well with psychedelic therapy and Internal Family Systems.
  • IFS and psychedelics - Robert Falconer
    • A course by one of the veterans within Internal Family Systems in how to use IFS in connection with psychedelic therapy.

Other recommended reading:


  • Psychedelics Today
    • Maybe the biggest podcast on psychedelics.
  • The Third Wave
    • Lots of great interviews on psychedelics.
  • MAPS Podcast
    • MAPS’ own podcast. Some interesting interviews.
  • The Joe Rogan Experience
    • Lots of long, great interviews with some very interesting people. Both scientific, philosophical and entertaining. The second episode with Hamilton Morris for example. And everything by Paul Stamets. 
  • Mind, Body, Health & Politics
    • By Richard J. Miller. Lots of great interviews with all the psychedelic celebs. No longer posting new episodes.
  • Adventures of the Mind
    • A great interviewer with deep knowledge of psychedelics and psychedelic therapy. He’s also interviewing several underground guides.
  • The Aubrey Marcus Podcast
    • A young entrepeneur with a burning interest for psychedelics and great guests. Check out the episode with Duncan Trussel or Tim Ferris. Check out the episode with Duncan Threat or Tim Ferris.
  • Voices of Esalen
    • The podcast from Esalen Institute, probably the world’s most important center for consciousness research. Talks by all the big ones from the 70’s and forward. Check out the episodes with Richard Schwartz, Ben Sessa and Ram Dass.
  • Psychedelic Therapy Podcast
    • A decent podcast specifically on psychedelic therapy.


  • Gabor Maté - Inside the Psychedelic Experience
    • One of my favorite thinkers/explainers within the psychedelic community, here presenting his theory why/how psychedelics work.
  • Psychedelic Science 2015 and 2017 (Presentation)
    • Tons of great presentations from the biggest names within psychedelic research.
  • DMT - The Spirit Molecule (documentary)
    • Documentary about DMT based on Rick Strassman’s book by the same name.
  • From Shock to Awe (documentary)
    • About war veterans with PTSD and their ayahuasca experience.
  • Neurons to Nirvana (documentary)
    • One of the earlier documentaries on the science and history of psychedelics.
  • The Sunshine Makers (documentary)
    • Interesting story of some of the biggest manufacturers of LSD in the 60’s.
  • Hamilton's Pharmacopeia (TV series)
    • VICE show about different psychoactive drugs. A candid and open series from a hobby chemist. Season 2 has a higher production value.
  • MDMA The Movie - Long Fundraising Trailer
    • * A 20 min documentary on PTSD and MDMA.
  • Trip of Compassion
    • A full documentary following the journey of three PTSD sufferers through the Isreali MDMA trials. Available at Vimeo here for a low cost.
  • A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin
    • A solid introduction to the research on psilocybin.
  • Psychonautics: A Comic's Exploration Of Psychedelics
      • A documentary with a comedian's twist.
  • Psychedelica (on Gaia Network)
    • A series of 14 episodes about psychedelics. The production quality is not top, I would argue, but still interesting.

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