Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances

Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances

by Cody Johnson

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Cody Johnson beautifully balances historical knowledge with cutting-edge science to produce a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read which paints a holistic picture of the risks and benefits of psychedelic use in modern day medicine and culture.
--Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

The history of psychedelic plants and substances is full of colorful, fascinating facts and stories, and intriguing questions.

Did U.S. Army Intelligence really use LSD as an enhanced military interrogation technique? Why does Ayahuasca have such a long history of use in Peru? Science is beginning to research what traditional cultures have told us for years: psychelics have transformative healing properties.

Many psychedelic plants and substances have a long history of being incorporated into various healing traditions -- such as cannabis and opium in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This Magic Medicine explores the fascinating history of psychedelic substances and provides a contemporary update about their growing inclusion modern medicine, science, and culture.  

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ISBN-13: 9781631594281
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 06/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Cody Johnson is an intrepid psychonaut and humanist who writes about mind-expanding plants and compounds at His first taste of psychedelia came in the form of MDMA, which opened him up to the vast realm of unexplored states of consciousness. He dove head first into this new world, experimenting with dozens of psychedelics new and old while blogging about all things psychedelic: their history, emerging scientific research, therapeutic and spiritual applications, and legality. 

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Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
readers_retreat More than 1 year ago
A thorough an excellent romp through the use of psychedelics from the dawn of time right through to the 21st century. There are intriguing stories, historical facts and curious questions as to the use of these banned substances. The question this book really seeks to answer is whether there is an argument for the use of these substances in the medical profession, potentially bringing relief to a number of people suffering a variety of illnesses. I really appreciated that Johnson not only discussed the history of these substances but also added information as to their growing inclusion in modern medicine, science and culture. "Magic Medicine" is a dense and detailed read which will be of interest to a wide audience. Johnson makes the topic accessible and includes stories that really make you think about the ethics surrounding the use of these drugs. I do feel as though we have lost many years in which we could've been researching these plants due to the banning of research decades ago. Although quietly this research has now begun again it will take us many more years to discover whether these substances can be effective for particular medical conditions or whether they are simply, as many people proclaim, dangerous. Only recently have I heard about the potential benefits of psilocybin in fighting depression and as time goes on I expect many more benefits of using psychedelics to come to the fore. I appreciate that this book will not be for everyone but I found it so interesting. I can honestly see these sort of things being useful in the future for selected medical conditions. Unfortunately, we are still an awful long way away from finding out what they can be useful in treating. A well-researched title that I imagine would've taken a substantial amount of time to compile. Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds Press for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.