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A femme figure with psychedelic plants growing from her head against a pink background representing psychedelic medicine.

Abortion, Plants, & Whispered Networks of Botanical Knowledge

The famous Supreme Court of the United States decision Roe v. Wade (1973) is a landmark in abortion rights, enshrining legal access to elective...
Judith Redwing Keyssar

Redwing Keyssar: Nurse, Midwife to the Dying, Ceremonialist

There is a reason we call it Mother Earth. Nature teaches us. It nurtures. It nourishes. It protects. All that is born, comes from...
Historian Wendy Kline discusses her journey from playing the violin in her youth to studying the history of music and psychedelics.

A Historian’s Reflection on Music and Psychedelics

I will never forget the moment music transported me out of my own body.  I was eleven years old, performing the fourth movement of Handel’s...
music psychedelic therapy

How Music Therapists Helped Build Psychedelic Therapy

By the late 1950s, music’s vital contribution to psychedelic therapy was well-established. A brief mention of music seems almost obligatory in a central strain...

“Please Write Up Your Work!”: Laura Archera Huxley as a Psychedelic...

“If a person doesn’t do something either useful or beautiful, then one doesn’t have any right to take the oxygen of people and the...
A psychedelic artistic portrait of Maria Nys Huxley.

Another Aspect of Reality: Maria Nys Huxley’s Influence on Psychedelic History

Aldous Huxley’s 1954 classic The Doors of Perception is one of the most famous texts in the history of psychedelics. In this book, Aldous...
A depiction of a human mind with doors and stairs leading to it.

Kin Spruijt: A Psychedelic Nurse in a Dutch Psychiatric Clinic

Since at least the 1840s psychiatrists have administered psychedelics to treat their patients. From the 1950s onwards this happened with an increasing appreciation of...
Artistic rendition of Valentina Wasson.

The Cost of Omission: Dr. Valentina Wasson and Getting Our Stories...

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: ambitious, brave, and pioneering white man travels to Mexico in the 1950s and is invited to a...
Five figures with a white aura representing the heroines of mescaline

Heroines of Mescaline

In 1905, several women (and one man), detained at a psychiatric institution in Breslau, now Poland, were administered extracts of the Peyote cactus intravenously....
A woman with long dark hair and yellow shirt, background is an image of ecstasy pills

‘Sorted’ for Es? Women and Ecstasy in 1990s Britain

Growing up in Britain in the mid ‘90s, the name, and image, of Leah Betts featured prominently in my drugs education. Black billboards across...