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Called "America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use", James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this guide to the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelic use for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose and microdose) purposes, Fadiman outlines best practices for safe, sacred entheogenic voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience - from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention. 

Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including his recent study of the reasons for and results of psychedelic use among hundreds of students and professionals. He reveals new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, including microdosing, extremely low doses for improved cognitive functioning and emotional balance. Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, he dispels the myths and misperceptions about psychedelics circulating in textbooks and clinics as well as on the Internet.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2011 James Fadiman (P)2018 Tantor

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Tricky

Hard to accurately review this book as found the narrators voice annoying, was so many website links that were long and could have been referenced differently, quite monotonous but some important and interesting information for someone interested in the development of new mental healthcare treatments. Wouldn’t read again the whole way through but some parts were insightful and overall was worth reading the once. Returning this credit for something I really enjoy. Still very appreciative for James’s efforts to progress our understanding of entheogens and their potential for therapeutic applications.

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valuable insight

great book everything you need to know to set you on the path for a good journey

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Clunky narration of a fascinating book

The narrator reads out every single character on the page, no matter how tangental to the narrative. Example 1: in URL’s each and every ampersand, percent sign, and numerical code is laboriously spoken aloud... for no apparent reason. Example 2: in a table of statistics the narrator repeatedly reads out “P less than zero point one” after each sentence.

I get that this book is unabridged, but personally I found sections of it impossible to listen to. The distracting nonsense outweighed the content.

The rest of the book was fascinating though! And I hope that the author’s wishes come to pass.

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too many website links

holy crap shut the hell up, I know you're reading the book but surely you'd adapt to an audio form. it's infuriating.

good book tho

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Turned it of 25 minutes in

Started talking about how he could see the curve of the earth when on a trip absolute BS weather balloon have been sent up 120.000ft + and it's clearly a flat horizon. So no way you are going to see a curve at ground level. And the shape of the earth has nothing to do with LSD i'm refunding my credit.

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Too focused on spirituality

If you are looking for spiritual insight using psychedelics, and don't mind an slightly monotonous talking, this is your book.
But if you are here for the science of psychedelics without focusing on spirituality, I wouldn't recommend it. I stopped after 4 hours and don't think I'll go back to it.

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good, but too much padding

this book has some really valuable guidance for those willing to explore the realm of psychedelics, however there is a bit too much history/personal backstorys for what the title implies the book is about. I'd recommend getting the physical version and just reading the guide section if that's why you are interested in this book.

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  • 13-05-20

Excellent resource and interesting

A really useful set of information has been compiled here, and also is interesting and points to other useful information

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Adapt to audio?

A really good book. Just what I was looking for. Informative , interesting and obviously written by an expert in their field with a genuine passion for the subject.
Unfortunately this does not transfer well to audio. The bored, boring sounding monotonous narration was not helped by the decision to read and speak every minutia of every internet address and +/- tolerance of statistics found as if, if even one 'W' from "www. Whatever" has been missed than nobody would be able to find YouTube.
I realise that if they had said " just look up so and so on YouTube " people would complain that the directions were vague but I'm just offering my opinion that it spoiled the experience of listening for me. I reiterate, the book itself is great.

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To listen to, more of a reference, not a story

This is my first literature on psychedelics and was an excellent start. Well worth it

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  • Weedsorwishes83
  • 16-07-18

Great Info but...

I found the information provided in the audio book to be important and helpful but a lot of the content lends itself better in print form. It was difficult to follow the science portions and test cases provided in the audio book format. Just something to keep it mind when trying to decide between the audio or print version.

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  • K. Serda
  • 25-05-18

Underwhelming for the initiated

There are a handful of earnest attempts to share entheogenic experiences in the last 3 hours very moving stuff that I think many walkers can relate to. A “darkness retreat” also sounded worthwhile; but overall, just for me, I guess I wanted more. More stories to see if we are all experiencing a similar connection. I don’t know what I expected to be honest, and there are great safety tips for those putting toes in the pool; but I guess if I’m honest I wanted an Alan Watts figure to walk me through his ideas and take aways from several decades of researching psychedelics and the human experience. A high bar I know. Haha, I just wish an 80 year old shaman would write a book of their experiences with people, gods and the plans that bind us.

I suppose I should be the change I want to see, right?

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  • Paul D Rush
  • 06-03-20

MUST READ! GREAT BOOK!

A must-read for anyone wanting to safely use these wonderful therapeutic substances. Thank you Dr. Fadiman for taking the time to demonstrate and stress, not only the importance of safety, but also how to achieve the most beneficial effect using the right mindset and setting prior to (and while traveling through) the experience.

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  • Joseph Schell
  • 06-09-19

Listen at 1.25 speed

I found that speeding up the slow-ish narration made the book much more conversational and easier to consume.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-20

good, not amazing

it was informative, but a bit dry. I was expecting more information and less personal accounts, but a good book and I would reccomend reading it at least once.

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  • Matty
  • 01-02-19

unlistenable

Terrible narration and a book structure/format that doesn’t lend itself well to an audiobook (too many headings and subheadings in the text). Gave up early on which is unfortunate given my interest in the subject matter.

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  • Joe C
  • 10-11-20

P= who cares

The message gets diluted with the abundance of web addresses read and somewhere around chapter 21 I was ready to throw my phone out the window due to the "p=x" read after individual sentences, phrases and even words. Other than that it's a great book. Maybe a PDF with web pages and other unnecessary for audio information would be a good idea

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  • Victor
  • 15-07-19

Hard to listen to

Everything that normally is put in the foot notes and list of reading on the topic here is read painfully slow out loud. Hence performance is almost unbearable.
The story adds nothing to other much better books like Michael Pollan's volume on the same subject.
A bunch of links to various web pages that were read out loud in this book might be valuable, I wrote down a few but have not seen them yet.
If I knew what this book is I would have not bought it.

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  • Nano
  • 06-09-18

Lots of information

As an eminent researcher and shepherd to future guides and researched this is a comprehensive point in time look at psychedelic experience and exposure in our country. It is sometimes tedious to follow. Lack of high quality current research (because of government bans) means there is quite a bit of annecdotal evidence and story reports. Hopefully this book continues the tradition of psychedelics for personal growth and healing.

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  • Mike
  • 27-09-18

Not what I expected

Cool book. But, it seems to go over the same material in different chapters and repeats some information more than needed. I lost interest during a long segment of LSD trip reports, but still finished.

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