Gripping Psychedelic Documentaries Not To Miss

Thanks to the psychedelic renaissance, we have been blessed with an influx of valuable materials on psychedelics over the last 10 years or so. Perhaps one of the most popular and exciting ways to absorb this information is in the form of documentaries. And, as luck would have it, we’ve put together a list of our favourite psychedelic documentaries just for you!

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Thanks to the psychedelic renaissance, we have been blessed with an influx of valuable materials on psychedelics over the last 10 years or so. Perhaps one of the most popular and exciting ways to absorb this information is in the form of documentaries. And, as luck would have it, we’ve put together a list of our favourite psychedelic documentaries just for you!

This is, of course, not an extensive list and we encourage you to dig deep and unearth your favourite ones. Though many psychedelic documentaries cross themes and topics, we decided to organise our favourites into three categories — the history of psychedelics, the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics, and personal journey’s with psychedelics.

The History of Psychedelics

Ever wondered how your favourite psychedelics were discovered? Where they came from? Or the journey they went on to become what they are today? Well, here are our favourite psychedelic documentaries that will explain exactly that!

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The Substance: Albert Hofmann’s LSD

If you haven’t heard of Albert Hofmann (no doubt you have!), he was a Swiss chemist known for being the first person to synthesize and ingest LSD. In this documentary you are taken on a visual journey of the history of LSD — including interviews with the late, great Hofmann himself, as well as other notable pioneers in the field of psychedelics. This is a must-watch if you’re interested in how your favourite derivatives, such as 1cP-LSD and 1V-LSD, came to exist.

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Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness

This gripping documentary combines the animated storytelling of the life-changing psychedelic experiences of Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, and Alan Watts, with interviews from modern day trailblazers, such as Amanda Fielding, Dennis McKenna, and Rick Doblin, in the field of psychedelics.

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Dirty Pictures

Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin, branded as ‘The Godfather of Psychedelics’, is the man responsible for introducing MDMA to psychotherapists in the late 1970’s. Dirty Pictures looks at his life’s work — including intimate footage from his home and laboratory where he synthesized over 200 new psychedelic compounds during his career.

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The Sunshine Makers

This film explores the rise and fall of Nick Sand and Timothy Scully, two men who stood up for what they believed in by producing and distributing ‘Orange Sunshine’ in the 1960’s. The Sunshine Makers is an enthralling and entertaining psychedelic documentary that isn’t to be missed!

The Therapeutic Benefits of Psychedelics

After its 30 years hiatus, research on the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics is once again being conducted. From treating anxiety to finding alternatives to traditional pain relief, and healing PTSD to working with the terminally ill, there is still so much to learn from these precious molecules. Here are our favourite psychedelic documentaries on research to date.

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A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin

This documentary focuses on the therapeutic uses of Psilocybin and the potential it has to help those who are facing death due to terminal cancer diagnoses. It explores both the scientific evaluations and the spiritual themes that came out of the first psychedelic research studies on the topic since the 1970s.

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DMT: The Spirit Molecule

Considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, adapted from Rick Strassman’s book of the same name, explores the power of this naturally occurring molecule. It features interviews with several experts who discuss their thoughts and experiences with DMT and its role in expanding human consciousness.

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Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

Neurons to Nirvana explores the science behind and the therapeutic benefits of five psychedelics — LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca, and Cannabis. It features interviews with a number of psychedelic pioneers advocating for more clinical research and the rescheduling of such powerful compounds.

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Magic Medicine

This film follows the groundbreaking research conducted at Imperial College London where the first ever medical trial on Psilocybin for the treatment of clinical depression was led. It provides a deep and moving insight into each of the participants, and their families, journeys from beginning to end.

Personal Journey’s with Psychedelics

What better way to understand the power of psychedelics than seeing how they affect people first-hand?! Here are our favourite psychedelic documentaries that follow individuals’ journeys on their quest to transform their lives through the use of psychedelics such as Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, and Iboga.

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The Last Shaman

Faced with incurable depression, James Freeman decides to make one last ditch attempt at finding peace by going on a journey through the Amazon jungle. On his quest he meets with a number of Shamans and sits with a variety of plant medicines, including Ayahuasca, that help him to better understand and accept himself.

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From Shock to Awe

From Shock to Awe follows the stories of two combat veterans searching for an alternative treatment to relieve them from crippling PTSD.Their pursuit leads them to a weekend long Ayahuasca ceremony where they delve into the depths of their internal worlds and experience life-changing transformations.

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Dosed

This documentary centers around opioid addict, Adrianne, who turns to psychedelics to relieve her from her addiction. Dosed highlights the realities of the opioid crisis and what a cruel disease addiction can be. It follows Adrianne on a six-month journey where she works with both Psilocybin and Iboga in therapeutic settings.

PS: If you loved this one, stay tuned for Dosed 2: Psilocybin and the Art of Living!

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Reconnect

Reconnect, a full-length documentary from London Real, charts the journey of Brian Rose, founder and CEO of London Real, on his voyage to Costa Rica where he participates in an Ayahuasca retreat. Disconnected from his life, and with a desire for transformation, Brian documents his experience of attempting to reconnect from inception, to ceremony, to integration, and beyond.

 

So there you have it, our favourite psychedelic documentaries — we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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