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This index lists notable people who have devoted themselves to speaking out (often by writing) about psychonautics, psychedelics, entheogens, and the general expansion of consciousness.

Name Profession Known for
Abbie Hoffman Drug policy reformist
Allen Ginsberg Poet, philosopher, writer
Alan Watts Philosopher, writer, lecturer
Albert Hofmann Chemist Discovery of LSD and psilocybin
Aldous Huxley Philosopher, writer "Brave New World" (1932), "The Doors of Perception" (1954), "Heaven and Hell" (1956)
Aleister Crowley
Alex Grey (website) Artist Psychedelic art
Alexander Shulgin (website) Chemist PiHKAL, TiHKAL, 2Cx, DOx, popularized MDMA, Shulgin Rating Scale
Amanda Feilding Drug policy reformer, neuroscience researcher Founder of Beckley Foundation
Andrew Feldmar (website) Lay therapist Tryptamines, phenethylamines
Ann Shulgin (website) Writer PiHKAL, TiHKAL, Shulgin Rating Scale
Ben Sessa
Benny Shanon Psychologist Biblical entheogen hypothesis based on 2,500 ayahuasca experiences
Casey William Hardison Chemist Psychedelic clandestine chemistry
Carl Sagan Astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author. Science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. Sagan penned an essay, The piece, in 1969, in which he described the benefits he felt from using marijuana. Sagan criticized cannabis prohibition in the US.
Christian Rätsch (website) Anthropologist Writer on topics like ethnopharmacology, psychoactive plants and animals
D. M. Turner Psychonaut Author, psychedelic researcher
Daniel Siebert Ethnobotanist, pharmacognosist Salvia divinorum
David E. Nichols Pharmacologist and medicinal chemist Escaline, LSZ, 6-APB, 2C-I-NBOMe and other NBOMe variants
David Nutt Neuropsychopharmacologist MDMA controversy, scientific career
David Pearce Philosopher "The Hedonistic Imperative" (1995), "The Good Drug Guide", "Can Biotechnology Abolish Suffering?" (2017)
Dennis McKenna Ethnopharmacologist Psilocybin mushroom cultivation
George Harrison Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, music and film producer Co-founder of The Beatles, a psychedelic rock band and the best-selling band in history. The Beatles called for cannabis legalization. Harrison's use of psychedelic drugs encouraged his path to meditation and Hinduism.
Gordon Wasson Author, ethnomycologist Popularized psilocybin mushrooms and Salvia divinorum
Graham Hancock (website)
Hamilton Morris(website) Writer, documentarian, psychonaut Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, and Vice correspondent
Howard Marks (aka Mr Nice) Writer, former Welsh drug trafficker, drug policy reformist Author of "Mr Nice" served 7 years for cannabis smuggling, associate of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, MI6and the IRA and others.
Humphry Osmond Psychiatrist Psychedelic therapy, socio-architecture theory, invented the word psychedelic
Hunter S. Thompson Writer, journalist
Jack Herer (website) Cannabis rights activist Jack Herer (Cannabis strain)
Jerry Garcia Singer-songwriter and guitarist Co-founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist, in the psychedelic rock band Grateful Dead
Jim Morrison Singer-songwriter, poet, filmmaker, director, actor Lead vocalist of the rock band the Doors. Morrison used LSD frequently.
Jimi Hendrix Guitarist, vocalist A psychedelic rock solo artist who regularly used cannabis, LSD and amphetamines, particularly while touring.
John Lennon Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, activist Co-founder of The Beatles, a psychedelic rock band and the best-selling band in history. Solo artist. The Beatles called for cannabis legalization. Lennon was a LSD user.
John Lilly Physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor Ketamine, isolation tank
John M. Allegro
Jonathan Ott Ethnobotanist Entheogens
Ken Babbs
Ken Kesey
Kenneth Ring (website) Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut, author Founded Journal of Near-Death Studies, and co-founded International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)
Leo Zeff Psychologist and psychotherapist Psychedelic therapy
Lumir Hanus
Marcia Moore Ketamine
Michael Pollan Author, journalist, professor Speaker, author
Myron Stolaroff Author Underground psychedelic psychotherapy
Nicholas Sand DMT and LSD clandestine chemist
Owsley Stanley LSD clandestine chemist
Paul McCartney Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, cannabis activist Co-founder of The Beatles, a psychedelic rock band and the best-selling band in history. The Beatles called for cannabis legalization. McCartney was a habitual cannabis user.
Paul Stamets Mycologist Psilocybin mushroom
Raja Ram Musician Considered as one of the pioneers of psytrance, psybient, and psychill. Co-founded 1200 Micrograms, and Shpongle.
Ralph Metzner Psychologist Psychedelics, yoga, meditation and shamanism
Ram Dass (website) Spiritual teacher
Rick Doblin Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Rick Strassman (website) Medical doctor Research on DMT, "DMT: The Spirit Molecule" book
Robert Anton Wilson Writers
Robert McPherson (aka Psylocybe Fanaticus) (website) Pioneered PF Tek
Robert Monroe Author, radio broadcaster, researcher The Monroe Institute (TMI)
Robin Carhart-Harris (website)
Roland Griffiths (website) Psychopharmacologist Psychedelic researcher
Russell Brand (website, YouTube) Comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. Celebrity. Psychedelic drug advocate.
Stephen LaBerge Psychophysiologist Oneirology, lucid dreaming
Terence McKenna Ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author Lectures and books on the use of psychedelic compounds
Tim Scully Chemists Psychedelic clandestine chemistry. Companion with Owsley Stanley
Timothy Leary Psychologist Psychedelic therapist, and advocate
Tom Wolfe Author The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Uncle Fester (website) Author Clandestine chemistry
William Leonard Pickard Author, formerly American drug trafficker Convicted in the largest LSD manufacturing case in history with Clyde Apperson

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