When it comes to the promising field of psychedelics, documentaries are one of the keys to unlocking global acceptance. Through visual cinematography, rare interviews, and rigorous journalism, we can discover compelling and complex stories which reveal psychedelics at the heart of self-discovery, transformation and healing.
In recent years, there’s been a welcome rise in new documentary movies about psychedelics through the resurgence of scientific research, growing funding in this space, and a wave of legal change.
Psychedelic journeys have been integral to many indigenous and spiritual communities for millenia. Because there is a noticeable pattern in documentaries that tell a recent story of psychedelics that centres on scientific developments in the West since the 1940s, we would love to see more documentaries about the ancient wisdom traditions which have harnessed these healing compounds for thousands of years.
The Synthesis team has collectively curated a selection of films that illuminate the transformational nature of psychedelics, so here’s our list of twelve mind-expanding documentaries about psychedelics.