Here’s our list of the best resources about psychedelics on the web.
Why try and re-create the wheel? There are so many psychedelic substances there really should be a special encyclopedia for them – oh, there is Psychonautwiki. User-created and constantly updated, it’s a living repository of our State-of-the-Art understanding and the perfect place to begin any research. Learn to distinguish dissociatives from deliriants from nootropics, the visual & cognitive effects of dozens of natural and artificial substances, and learn tips for safe practice.
There are more resources and psychedelic content online than you will ever manage to consume in one lifetime. Here’s a brief selection of some of our favorite YouTube channels, podcasters, and news sources:
Drugslab – fresh-faced young Dutch adults take drugs and describe their effects. Silly, fun, informative.
Controlled Substances – fellow Dutchman Thijs Roes takes a more gonzo approach to taking drugs, describing their effects, etc.
Erowid – very US-centric, but still the biggest, oldest home for street-level psychedelic knowledge.
Chacruna – an organization which promotes reciprocity in the psychedelic community, and supports the protection of sacred plants and cultural traditions.
Psymposia – non-profit media organization that offers leftist perspectives on drugs, politics, and culture. Although often controversial, Psymposia offers sobering outlook on the psychedelic space.
Shayla Love – Shayla writes about health, environment and psychedelics. Her recent articles on Vice discuss ethical aspects of the current psychedelic boom. She is one of the few authors who are not afraid to discuss difficult topics in the space.
ICEERS – the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming society’s relationship with psychoactive plants by engaging with some of the fundamental issues resulting from the globalization of ayahuasca, iboga, and other ethnobotanicals
For those of us who still value the expressiveness and world-creating possibilities of books, here’s is a terrific database of 500 of the world’s best, broadly looking at psychedelics.
Mostly in English, the list ranges from scholarly classics to psychedelic-inspired post-war science fiction, Gonzo first-hand accounts, underground classics, and How-to’s, all reviewed and rated by a global public.
Don’t forget the classic ‘drugs Bible’ Uit Je Bol by local heroes Hans Plomp and Gerben Hellinga (there’s an online version here), nor the more recent Ayahuasca: Rituals, Potions and Visionary Art from the Amazon by Arno Adelaars.
Organizations in NL
APRA – an interdisciplinary, academic research association based in Amsterdam
The Transnational Institute – Amsterdam-based UN-lobbying organization looking at drug use and production as parts of a wider developmental/political context
The Trimbos Institute is the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, a non-profit research and knowledge center. Focus on mental health and addiction in support of policymakers, educators, and providers of mental health and addiction services
Stichting OPEN – stimulates research into all aspects of the psychedelic experience, and organizes lectures, conferences, and other informative meetings aimed at universities to draw the attention of researchers toward this promising scientific subject.
Unity – harm reduction organization