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"These books are a comprehensive and scholarly review of the current status of the therapeutic potential of hallucinogens. The contributors represent an outstanding group of scientists, scholars and clinicians, most of whom have had direct experience using and administering these drugs in either therapeutic or religious contexts. The result is an impressive collection. The authors provide scholarly historical reviews of the use of these drugs, as well as detailed instructions and advice for the clinician on how to administer these drugs safely and effectively in a therapeutic context. The authors provide a balanced view and acknowledge the many risks and pitfalls of improper use of these drugs. Likely to be of interest to scientists, clergy, mental health professionals, and anyone interested in the mind. It provides an up to date review of the status of hallucinogens in modern medicine, as well as a historical review of their status in the past. It is highly recommended." -- Harriet de Wit, PhD Professor, Department of Psychiatry The University of Chicago "Until they were caught up in the cultural revolution of the 1960s, hallucinogens were being seriously examined by top researchers for their potential to alleviate many human ills. The contributors to these volumes make a persuasive case that science should now do more to pursue these questions." -- Professor Jonathan D. Moreno, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics "Roberts and Winkelman have assembled one of the most impressive and comprehensive collections of writings in the field of psychedelic medicine. The chapters, written by first-rate academic scholars, are rigorous and clear. The topics range from neuroscience to the legal, spiritual, medicinal, and ethical implications of using this novel class of agents. This work is an invaluable resource for educators, clinicians, and policy makers who are interested in rejuvenating the field of psychedelic research." -- Stephen Ross, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine Director, Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Bellevue Hospital Associate Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, NYU School of Medicine "These volumes present fresh ideas for using psychedelic drugs as therapeutic agents to treat some of the most intractable of psychological ailments. As the authors make clear, the ability of these substances to facilitate direct experiential access to our deepest thoughts, feelings, and spirituality makes them uniquely suited for this purpose. Undoubtedly, their amazing healing potential has yet to be fully realized. Thanks to these forward-thinking educators, researchers, and clinicians, we now have new paths to explore in the cure for old diseases." -- Nicholas V. Cozzi, Ph.D. Department of Pharmacology University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Table of Contents

Volume I: Psychedelic Medicine: Social, Clinical and Legal Perspectives Preface Editors Overview of Psychedelic Medicine Section I: The Social and Clinical Context Chapter 1: Introduction: Therapeutic Bases of Psychedelic Medicines: Psychointegrative Effects Chapter 2: The Healing Vine: Ayahuasca as Medicine in the 21st Century Chapter 3: Contemporary Psychedelic Therapy: An Overview Chapter 4: Therapeutic Guidelines: Dangers and Contra-Indications in Therapeutic Applications of Hallucinogens Section II: Medical Applications Chapter 5: Response Of Cluster Headaches to Psilocybin and LSD, Chapter 6: Psilocybin Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Chapter 7: Therapeutic Uses of MDMA Chapter 8: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Chapter 9: Psychedelic Drugs for the Treatment of Depression Chapter 10: Marijuana and AIDS Chapter 11: The Use of Psilocybin in Patients with Advanced Cancer and Existential Anxiety Section III: Legal Aspects of the Medical Use Chapter 12: Psychedelic Medicine and the Law Chapter 13: The Legal Bases for Religious Peyote Use Chapter 14: The Supreme Courts Psychedelic Case Chapter 15: Conclusions About the Contributors Volume 2: Psychedelic Medicine: Addictions Medicine and Transpersonal Healing Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Section I: Treating Substance Abuse Chapter 2: Hallucinogens in the Treatment of Alcoholism and Other Addictions Chapter 3: Addiction, Despair, and the Soul: Psychedelic Psychotherapy Chapter 4: The Therapeutic Use of Peyote in the Native American Church Chapter 5: Ibogaine and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Chapter 6: Ketamine Psychedelic Psychotherapy Chapter 7: Ayahuasca Treatment of Cocaine-Paste Addiction Section II: Guidelines for Psychotherapeutic Applications Chapter 8: The Ten Lessons of Psychedelic Psychotherapy, Rediscovered Chapter 9: Therapeutic Guidelines from Shamanic Traditions Chapter 10: Common Processes in Psychedelic-Induced Psychospiritual Change Chapter 11: Preliminary Remarks on Interpreting Resistance to Psychedelic Insights Section III: Transpersonal Dimension of Healing with Psychedelic Medicines Chapter 12: Psychedelics in Psychological Health and Growth Chapter 13: Psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences having substantial and sustained personal meaning and spiritual significance. Chapter 14: Remarkable Healing During Psychedelic Psychotherapy Chapter 15: Transpersonal Healing with Hallucinogens Chapter 16: Conclusions and Recommendations: The Wider Contexts About the Contributors

About the Author

Michael J. Winkelman is former Head of Sociocultural Anthropology and current Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He has served as President of the Anthropology of Consciousness section of the American Anthropological Association and was founding President of its Anthropology of Religion section. His Ph.D. was completed at the University of California, Irvine and his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He has researched shamanism across 30 years. His book, Shamanism (2000) was reviewed as brilliant.

Thomas B. Roberts is Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations at Northern Illinois University. He is a Founding Member of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. As part of his retirement activities, he spent the fall of 2006 as a Visiting Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry and Human Sciences' Behavioral Biology Research Center, chairing a weekly staff development discussion about psychedelics. He has taught Foundations of Psychedelic Studies, now an Honors Program Seminar, at NIU since 1982. Roberts' Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Psychology is from Stanford University.


"When hallucinogenic drugs are mentioned, one is more likely to think of drugs of abuse, mind-altering drugs, or drugs subject to governmental regulation than of drugs that may have a therapeutic application. For this reason, this two-volume treatise serves a useful purpose not only in providing an update on the limited number of hallucinogenic drugs that already have some therapeutic application (based on relatively limited research), but also by covering the history of these mind-altering drugs and the cultural, social, political, legal, economic, and ethical factors that have encumbered research on these compounds. The work is well organized, with chapters written by medical and legal professionals active in the field.... Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." - Choice

"This is one of the few recent books that treat this subject in a scholarly way and is recommended for all medical and academic libraries. Public libraries should also purchase it because such material is scarce in other books." - Library Journal

"Psychedelic Medicine: New Evidence for Hallucinogenic Substances as Treatments....in two volumes, brings together much of the contemporary knowledge related to hallucinogens in a way that it will appeal to the scientific community, and will contribute to the increasing interest that is being paid to this group of drugs....These weighty tomes, of well over 750 pages between them are clearly very well presented. The layout is clear, the syntax is formal and accomplished, the chapters are extensively referenced, and the index is detailed." - Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

"[T]his extensive two-volume tome currently serves as ^Ithe^R authoritative reference text on psychedelic medicines, particularly with regard to the advances made in the last ten years....No corners have been cut with the essays either, each of which have been written specifically for this book and, collectively, they offer a comprehensive range of insights to this anthology. Although almost wholly positive, this treatise on the possible benefits of psychedelic agents in the treatment of psychological disease still offers a reasoned and balanced approach....^IPsychedelic Medicine^R has a great deal of timely information to offer physical and mental health professionals and students, as well as all those working in recreational drug research, policy, treatment and intervention, whether involved with psychedelics or not." - Drugs and Alcoholism Today

"[W]e are in the second stage of a three-stage process of psychedelic re-evolution. The first stage ended in demonization, now we are in the reconceptualization phase, and eventually will move to the integration stage. Psychedelics have reached middle age, as have my fellow baby boomers. It is up to us, with the help of scholarly research and publications like these volumes, to educate society about the value of psychedelics." - The Erowid Review

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