4.6.3 Books & Reference

Books & Reference #


I consider these to be essential works for any wide ranging study of psychoactive materials. Collectively, they document and describe many hundreds of chemicals and botanicals, and were invaluable research sources during the writing of this book. All are still in print and readily available.

Cover Title
PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story
[Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin]
TiHKAL: The Continuation
[Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin]
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants:
Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications
[Christian Rätsch]
Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
[Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Christian Rätsch]


Amongst the other books and guides which were consulted or read are the following, some of which are undoubtedly classics in this field.

  • Food Of The Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution
    [Terence McKenna]

  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
    [Rick Strassman M.D]

  • Hallucinogenic Plants
    [Richard Evans Schultes]

  • Prometheus Rising
    [Robert Anton Wilson]

  • Psychedelics Encyclopedia
    [Peter Stafford]

  • The Doors Of Perception
    [Aldus Huxley]

  • The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook: The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying
    [Christopher S. Kilham]

  • High Times Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs
    [High Times]

  • The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
    [Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert, Timothy Leary]

  • Cooking With Cannabis
    [Adam Gottlieb]

  • Legal Highs
    [Adam Gottlieb ]

  • True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author’s Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil’s Paradise
    [Terence McKenna ]

  • The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess
    [Terence K. McKenna ]

  • Drugs - Without the Hot Air
    [David Nutt ]

  • Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy
    [Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, Wilkie Wilson, Leigh Heather Wilson, Jeremy Foster ]

  • Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age
    [Antonio Escohotado ]

  • LSD My Problem Child: Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism and Science
    [Albert Hofmann ]

  • The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
    [James Fadiman Ph.D ]

  • 3-MeO-2’-oxo-PCE: A Multidisciplinary MXE Analysis
    [Vortech ]

  • The Drug Propaganda, Volumes 1 & 2
    [Dan Russell ]

  • Confessions of an Ethical Drug Dealer: A psychedelic travelogue memoir
    [Jimi Fritz ]

  • Connoisseur Guide: Amsterdam Coffeeshops
    [William Llewellyn ]

  • Captain Hooter’s Connoisseur’s Guide to Amsterdam Coffeeshops
    [Captain Hooter ]