“Taking LSD was a profound experience. One of the most important things in my life.” – Steve Jobs

Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs are known to experiment with psychedelics to boost creativity, improve focus, and become better innovators. 

In recent years, that trend is only growing.

According to one international survey, 79% of participants found that microdosing (taking very small doses of psychedelics to avoid triggering hallucinations) led to improved productivity and creativity at work, in addition to lowering levels of anxiety and depression.

Top business people, from celebrities like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates to lesser-known figures like Allison Krongard, have either alluded to or publicly spoken about the benefits of using mind-altering substances to improve work performance.

Naturally, Silicon Valley and other entrepreneurial communities are embracing drugs like LSD, psilocybin, and DMT as the benefits of using psychedelics is more widely understood.

Curious? 

Learn more about the power of psychedelics, and gain insight on how to expand your consciousness with altered states, by adding these five books to your reading list. 

Explore fascinating accounts of high performers utilizing altered states of consciousness to come out on top with Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler 

What do Navy SEALs, maverick scientists, and Silicon Valley all have in common?

Utilizing altered states to shortcut success.

Stealing Fire offers a mind-blowing look at the various languages, techniques, and applications that everyone from Elon Musk to Amy Cuddy implements in their creative processes to guarantee success. Author Steven Kotler argues that altered states aren’t simply a trend in the world of high performance, but rather a revolution–one that will forever change what it means to be a creator in any field. Get it here.

Become fluent in modern psychedelic research with How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Though initially intended to be a researched third-person journalistic inquiry, Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind quickly became “a first-person quest” to reveal untold truths about the mind and spiritual experience–and the results are astounding.

Pollan explores why psychedelic research came to an abrupt halt in the 1960s and what it’s recent resurgence could mean for the future of mental healthcare. Join him on his thrilling journey as he observes cancer patients who lose their fear of death with just one monitored experience of the psilocybin drug. Learn how drugs like LSD and Ayahuasca can relieve severe cases of mental illness like depression and anxiety. Get an intimate look at the author’s firsthand account of experimenting with mind-altering substances.

Celebrated for its extensive research and gripping narrative, How to Change Your Mind is one of the best books available for anyone interested in the power of psychedelics. Get it here.

Gain massive clarity through soul medicine of the Amazon jungle with Ayahuasca by Javier Regueiro

By far one of the most popular psychedelics available, ayahuasca is a powerful plant that allows users to tap into repressed memories, heal from pain, and let go of that which is unhelpful in our journey through life on earth. Javier Regueiro, who authored the book Ayahuasca, reveals his own experience with the drug and offers readers a guide on how to engage with it themselves. 

Ayahuasca produces pleasant feelings like euphoria, connection, and unity, but it can also cause negative side effects like nausea and vomiting. While everyone’s trip is different, users often experience confronting hallucinations that lead to a renewed sense of self and a diminished ego. With microdosing, it is also known to boost creativity and improve focus. Popularly consumed in a retreat setting, people travel all over the world–especially to native lands–to get a taste of the “soul medicine of the Amazon jungle.”

Regueiro founded the Ayaruna Center in Peru to conduct healing work and educate others on the power of traditional plant medicines like ayahuasca. His book explores the native origin of this psychedelic drug as well as its modern use and impact on westerners. It is a comprehensive and practical guide that anyone even remotely interested in ayahuasca should add to their reading list. Get it here.

Open the pathways of your heart with San Pedro Huachuma by Javier Regueiro

In a world where many of us are spiritually uncertain, as well as emotionally disconnected from ourselves and each other, finding ways to open the heart can bring us much physical, mental, and emotional relief. Huachuma is one such path to that attainment.

Native to the Andes, huachuma is a psychoactive cactus that is traditionally used as an ancestral medicine for healing and ceremony purposes. Known for its ability to boost love, compassion, and forgiveness, it is becoming increasingly popular among westerners who wish to explore consciousness and become more whole. For entrepreneurs interested in a purpose-driven market, huachuma can be very valuable indeed.

Regueiro’s book San Pedro Huachuma offers a practical map for utilizing this powerful medicine to heal your soul from the inside out. Each chapter is rooted in his firsthand knowledge of the plant both as a user and guide, offering one of the most comprehensive texts on huachuma in the entire world. Get it here.

Experience the first ever account of dieting the revered shamanic plant brugmansia with The Toé / Datura Diaries by Javier Regueiro

Though this book is not a “how-to” guide for those interested in ingesting the Toé plant (which Regueiro cautions can be toxic and dangerous even with close supervision), it does offer a captivating look at the author’s experience as a Toé user, yet another powerful psychedelic medicine from the Amazon jungle.

In his pursuit of shamanism in the early 2000s, Regueiro was tasked with ingestion of the Toé plant and quickly found himself facing his shadow side. In a challenging journey of radical acceptance, Regeuiro learned to explore himself with curiosity, vulnerability, and non-judgement. His humble commentary on the experience is as insightful as it is fascinating, and he offers plenty of advice for readers interested in harnessing the power of plant medicine.

Get it here.