Top 10 Psychedelic Documentaries
The psychedelic experience is both profound and profoundly puzzling. Making sense of the inexpressible is no easy task, but those documentaries are sure to spark a thought.
Taking trips is one thing, but understanding them is quite another. After all, what is really going on here? That’s why learning as much as possible about the nature of entheogens is tremendously helpful to make better sense of the experience and integrate it into a deeper level. Documentaries are an excellent way to educate yourself and receive though-stimulating input. Here are the Top 10 Psychedelic Documentaries that will surely broaden your horizon.
10. Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey
Ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes was one of the first westerners to explore the use of magic mushrooms among the native tribes in Mexico. In this documentary he explores hallucinogenic plants across the world and how they influenced the wild psychedelic sixties.
9. Magic Trip
Based on raw video footage of the legendary LSD-fueled cross country trip Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters undertook in 1964, this documentary offers a rare glimpse into an extraordinary moment in American psychedelic history. Colorful, uplifting and cheerful!
8. The Substance: Albert Hofmann’s LSD
When the Swiss chemist Albert Hofman first synthesized LSD, he wasn’t aware of the monumental importance of his discovery. It wasn’t until he involuntarily embarked on the legendary bicycle trip when he realized he was onto something. „The Substance“ covers the history of LSD, as well its cultural impact.
7. Metamorphosis - The Ayahuasca Ceremony of the Amazon
Ayahuasca is quickly becoming fashionable, with celebrities like Sting and Tori Amos openly sharing their experience. But the brew has been in use for thousands of years in the Amazon region. This documentary follows several westerns on their jungle journey as they undergo the ayahuasca transformation.
6. Manifesting the Mind
This documentary is tying together inspiring interviews with Alex Grey, Dennis McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck and many more. It explores how drugs influence societies and the nature of the psychedelic experience.
5. Ibogaine: Rite of Passage
Iboga has been discovered to be a powerful tool in fighting various forms of addiction. But the brew, produced from the roots of an African bush, has been an integral part of the Bwiti spiritual practice since ancient times. This 50 minute documentary offers a rare insight into traditional Iboga use, its culture and ceremony.
4. Other Worlds (Ayahuasca)
Other Worlds has been filmed mostly in the Ucayali region of the Amazon and explores traditional life in the Shipibo community, their ayahuasca traditions and views on spirituality. This is as close as you can come to experience the Amazon without being there.
3. Entheo:genesis: Awakening the Divine Within
Entheo: genesis is a beautifully made documentary that explores the archaic revival in the bigger picture. How does traditional spirituality tie in with modern civilisational collapse and the challenges we face today? What is the fundamental paradigm shift proposed by entheogens?
2. Neurons to Nirvana
Neurons to Nirvana documents the resurgence of psychedelics in modern medicine. The documentary explores the five leading substances - LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and cannabis - as potent tools for our healing. Breaking the taboo surrounding psychedelics as medicine, this movie is a must see for anyone interested in their therapeutic potential.
1. The Spirit Molecule
Exploring DMT is exploring the inexpressible. DMT is one of the most powerful psychedelics on earth, and yet it appears naturally in our brains, as well as in hundreds of plants. Hear what Rick Strassman, Alex Grey, Graham Hancock, Dennis McKenna and Roland Griffith have to say about the god particle.