Magic Medicine : A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances – Cody Johnson


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“Cody Johnson beautifully balances historical knowledge with cutting-edge science to produce a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read which paints a holistic picture of the risks and benefits of psychedelic use in modern day medicine and culture.”

-Rick Doblin, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).


Magic Medicine explores the fascinating history of psychedelic substances and provides a contemporary update about their growing inclusion in modern medicine, science, and culture. Each chapter dives into the rich history of a single plant or compound and explores its therapeutic and spiritual uses in cultures near and far. Firsthand quotes allow glimmers of psychedelic light throughout. Learn all about:


Classical psychedelics, including 2C-B, ayahuasca, LSD, and peyote

The empathogenic psychedelics MDA and MDMA

Dissociative psychedelics, including DXM, ketamine, and salvia

Unique psychedelics, including cannabis, DiPT, and even fish and sea sponges


The history of psychedelic plants and substances is full of colorful facts and stories, and intriguing questions. Did US Army Intelligence really use LSD as an enhanced military interrogation technique? How is DiPT able to make a familiar tune sound utterly foreign? Can MDMA (Ecstasy) help people overcome traumatic experiences?


Many psychedelic plants and substances have a long history of being incorporated into various healing traditions-such as cannabis and opium in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Science is beginning to research what traditional cultures have told us for years: psychedelics have transformative healing properties.


Anyone who has ever wondered about psychedelics-from complete neophytes to veteran trippers, seekers and sages to skeptics and scientists, therapists and patients to green thumbs and armchair anthropologists-will find something in this engrossing and beautifully designed book.