The Doors of Perception
“There are things known and things unknown, and in between, are the doors of perception.”
Mescaline is the drug found within peyote, a small cactus that has been consumed ceremonially by Native Americans for millennia. In 1954, when very little was known about the effects of Hallucinogens, Aldous Huxley took 0.4 grams of the drug, and recorded the experience. To this day, it stands as one of the most concise accounts of drug use, and parts of his 8-hour trip truly beg belief.
The detail to which he goes into what he sees and hears will make you feel like you are fully immersed in the weird and wonderful psychedelic world with him. For those curious or sceptical about the effects of this class of drugs, Huxley’s clinical and unbiased words will provide rare clarity on what happens down the rabbit-hole.
Fans of The Doors will know Jim Morrison found the inspiration for their band name from this book; if its good enough for Jim, it’s sure as hell good enough for us. At 100 pages long, this read is an essential on any book-shelf, and once picked up, will not be put down.