Psychedelics have been receiving a lot of attention recently! Rather than write up another summary of psychedelic history and research, here are links to the best introductory writings we've seen so far:
The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies (a) in Vox. Giant listicle in which Vox reporters outline the potential upside and dangers of psychedelics. Pretty balanced, cautiously optimistic about the benefits.
psychedelic.direct is a guide on getting started contributing to the psychedelic renaissance.
The first part of Nichols 2016 gives a comprehensive and readable overview of recent academic research, safety considerations, and mechanisms of action. The paper then veers into some pretty gnarly psychopharmacology.
(a) = archived version of the linked page. For background on this practice, see here.