The Healing, Helping Potential of Pychedelics


A Conversation with Jim Fadiman, PhD

In a timely new book, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys (Park Street Press, 2011), Dr. Fadiman clears up current myths and misperceptions about psychedelics, and presents findings from both long-neglected and recent clinical studies, research experiments, and surveys showing a surprising range of benefits of safe, supervised psychedelic use.

This comprehensive resource offers a wealth of practical information for therapists and health-care professionals, researchers and scientists, psychedelic voyagers and their guides, and even policy makers. It is not written for those who want to use these drugs recreationally, nor does it delve deeply into shamanistic practices.

JAMES FADIMAN PHD was one of the people involved with totally legal psychedelic research during the 1960s. Known for his wit and lively conversations, he is a popular guest and presenter. Dr. Fadiman delights in entertaining, educating, and enlightening audiences wherever he speaks, and is considered among America’s wisest and most respected authorities on psychedelics and their use. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his graduate work at Stanford, doing pioneering research with the Harvard Group, the West Coast Research Group in Menlo Park, and Ken Kesey. A former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a professor of psychology, he currently teaches at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA, which he helped found in 1975. An international conference presenter, workshop leader, management consultant, novelist, and author/editor of a number books and textbooks, Dr. Fadiman lives in Menlo Park, CA, with his filmmaker wife, Dorothy.

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