- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (2022-04-05)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 368 pages
- ISBN-13: 9781623176549
- Item Weight: 538.65 grams
- Dimensions: 8.95 x 6.02 x 0.9 cm
A comprehensive guide to psilocybin mushrooms and their impact on our psychology, biology, and social development.
How—and why—do psychedelics exist? Did psilocybin catalyze our early human ancestors’ social evolution? And how can an integral understanding of psychedelics quite literally change the world?
In an ambitious and comprehensive look at psilocybin—and an inside look at how humanity co-evolved alongside "magic" mushrooms—Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD, explores our historical and ancestral relationship to psychedelics and presents new and exciting research about what psilocybin can mean for us today.
Separated into three sections—Present, Past, and Future—The Psilocybin Connection advances our understanding of psychedelics in unexpected and original ways. Khamsehzadeh shares compelling research that suggests how naturally occurring psychedelics may have played an essential role in humanity's social, cultural, and linguistic evolution. Supported by archaeological evidence, neuroscience, and academic studies, he explores how mushrooms gave rise to art and expression, impacted spiritual experiences, and even spurred human brain development.
Blending the most comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of psilocybin research with stories of his own and others' psychedelic awakenings, Khamsehzadeh moves our understanding of the psychedelic mushroom forward toward a fresh, hopeful, and exciting future.
About the Author
JAHAN KHAMSEHZADEH, Ph.D., completed his dissertation on psychedelics in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Doctorate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He earned his master's in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University and his bachelor's from the University of Arizona with a major in philosophy and minors in both physics and psychology. Aside from his academic work, Jahan has undergone several multiyear trainings, including working with the Mazatec mushroom tradition, and is a graduate of Hakomi Comprehensive Somatic-Psychotherapy Program. He assisted the Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Certificate training at CIIS for two years and mentored for a year at the Center for Consciousness Medicine comprehensive guide training. He also works as a facilitator for legal psilocybin mushrooms ceremonies in Jamaica with Atman Retreats and serves as an advisor to psychedelic-focused organizations. Jahan leads a free monthly public online group called “Developing a Relationship with Sacred Mushrooms” with the San Francisco Psychedelic Society. You can learn more about his work and services at www.PsychedelicEvolution.org.