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The Psychedelic Renaissance, Second Edition
Reassessing the Role of Psychedelic Drugs in 21st Century Psychiatry and Society
The Psychedelic Renaissance, Second Edition
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Ben Sessa - Author
Muswell Hill Press
Price: $35.00 
Hardcover - 402 pages
Release Date: November 2017
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-908995-27-8

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Paperback - 402 pages
Release Date: April 2017
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-908995-25-4

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Summary

Examines the mind-manifesting properties of psychedelic drugs and assesses the scientific evidence supporting their potential clinical and therapeutic use.

Ben Sessa takes the reader on a journey through the fascinating history of psychedelic plants and chemicals, examining their role in human culture from prehistory to modern times. Based on a thorough review of scientific evidence, he makes a clarion call for a reevaluation of their clinical potential with appropriate setting in scientific research, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and personal growth. First published in 2012, Psychedelic Renaissance has been extensively revised and expanded to incorporate the extraordinary developments in research into psychedelics over the intervening years.

“…remains the best introductory book on the topic … Highly recommended.” — CHOICE

Ben Sessa is a medical doctor and consultant psychiatrist. He is senior research fellow at the University of Bristol, Cardiff University, and Imperial College London, where he is currently conducting the UK’s first clinical studies with MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD and alcohol dependence. Dr. Sessa is outspoken on lobbying for change in the current system by which drugs are classified, believing a more progressive policy of regulation would reduce the harms of recreational drug use and provide increased opportunities for clinical psychedelic research. He is a cofounder and director of the UK’s Breaking Convention conference.


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Table of Contents

Foreword to 2017 Edition by Robin Carhart-Harris

Endorsements by Dennis McKenna, Andy Roberts, David Nutt, Rick Doblin, Amanda Feilding, Ralph Metzner and Michael Mithoefer

Introduction

1. Personal Reflection

2. The Experience and the Drugs

3. Early Pioneers of the First and Second Psychedelic Eras

4. The Prehistory and Ancient History of Hallucinogens

5. Hippie Heydays, Ravers and the Birth of Ecstasy

6. Psychedelic Creativity

7. Modern Uses of Natural Plant and Fungi Psychedelics

8. The Psychedelic Renaissance Part One: Movers and Shakers

9. The Psychedelic Renaissance Part Two: Contemporary Studies

10. Psychedelics Caught in the Crossfire of the War on Drugs

Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography and Further Reading
Index


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