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  • Seven Cutting-Edge Psychedelics Changing the World
  • Written by: Amanda Siebert
  • Narrated by: Amanda Siebert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Psychedelics including psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine, ayahuasca and peyote are poised to revolutionize mental health and alter the wellness industry forever.

Once feared and misunderstood, psychedelics have emerged as one of the most promising therapies of the 21st century. Through cutting-edge research, substances such as MDMA and LSD are being recognized as powerful keys to healing and human improvement, offering solutions for mental health issues including PTSD and depression. Similarly, plant medicines like ayahuasca, peyote, and iboga, used since time immemorial by Indigenous cultures for spiritual purposes, have been shown to promote feelings of empathy, connection, and love for the self, others, and the world around us.

But how can everyday people benefit from psychedelics? And will they really transform healthcare as we know it?

In Psyched, health journalist Amanda Siebert explores the history, culture, and potential of seven psychedelic substances. She interweaves real-life stories, clinical research, and interviews with the world’s leading psychedelics experts and cultural allies to offer a definitive guide to these cutting-edge treatments.

©2022 Amanda Siebert (P)2022 Greystone Books

Critic Reviews

“[A] well-researched, impassioned survey … Siebert elegantly combines history, accessible science, case studies, and her own experience with drugs … This smart study fascinates.”Publishers Weekly

“Siebert shows us how psychedelics can transform mental health and enhance the way we live.”—Sara Gottfried MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure

“A captivating read that weaves together extensive data and heartfelt personal stories to share how society can use psychedelics to transform the way we exist in the world.”—Robin Divine, writer, psychedelic advocate, and creator of Black People Trip

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  • 28-01-23

Average info, boringly self-righteous at times

The good: straightforward reportage of the existing knowledge without getting too weedy

The bad: the dangers associated with various compounds are stated with little to no context or comparative risk analysis, eg, mortality from ketamine use versus mortality from alcohol use

The annoying: preachy and woke at times, with an epilogue that with no hint of irony excoriates corporate greed and intellectual property—while the author sells (for profit) her copyright-protected work (paying lip service to indigenous wisdom) on a software platform owned by a billionaire corporation that relies on a hardware platform owned by a trillionaire corporation.