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The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants • Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances • Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality • Contains 797 color photographs a The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants • Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances • Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality • Contains 797 color photographs and 645 black-and-white illustrations In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants--those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness--have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. The author begins with 168 of the most well-known psychoactives--such as cannabis, datura, and papaver--then presents 133 lesser known substances as well as additional plants known as “legal highs,” plants known only from mythological contexts and literature, and plant products that include substances such as ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The text is lavishly illustrated with 797 color photographs--many of which are from the author’s extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.


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The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants • Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances • Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality • Contains 797 color photographs a The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants • Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances • Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality • Contains 797 color photographs and 645 black-and-white illustrations In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants--those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness--have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. The author begins with 168 of the most well-known psychoactives--such as cannabis, datura, and papaver--then presents 133 lesser known substances as well as additional plants known as “legal highs,” plants known only from mythological contexts and literature, and plant products that include substances such as ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The text is lavishly illustrated with 797 color photographs--many of which are from the author’s extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.

30 review for The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    My favorite quote from the book: "Only plants had consciousness. Animals got it from them." - Dale Pendell. Most people never come to understand that the purpose of using plants to alter your perception is to open your mind and gain knowledge. This book shows us that our need for plants goes beyond the basics: food, clothes, and shelter. It reminds us of our deep evolutionary, emotional, and physical bond with plants. A must for anyone interested in psychoactive plants, anthropology, or just pla My favorite quote from the book: "Only plants had consciousness. Animals got it from them." - Dale Pendell. Most people never come to understand that the purpose of using plants to alter your perception is to open your mind and gain knowledge. This book shows us that our need for plants goes beyond the basics: food, clothes, and shelter. It reminds us of our deep evolutionary, emotional, and physical bond with plants. A must for anyone interested in psychoactive plants, anthropology, or just plants in general.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    completely exhaustive volume. if it grows and it alters brain chemistry it's included. boggles the mind

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nick Black

    The best drug book I've seen since Shulgin's PIKHAL, hands down. Beautifully illustrated. A new canon!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terry Newberg

    This very large, very dense book has thorough descriptions of uses, chemical properties, features, and applications of psychoactive plants throughout the world -- I had no idea there were so many psychoactive plants (included are ones such as tobacco, tea, coffee, cocoa, etc. -- i.e., any plant with minimal or intense psychoactive properties, but many of the plants have shamanic and/or healing uses as well).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aryeh Levine

    It is as advertised. Great resource!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Xhi

    Unverzichtbares Standardwerk eines jeden Psychonauten und Ethnobotanikers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    RUSA CODES

    This was selected as an Outstanding Reference Source for 2006. For the complete list, go to http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rus...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Amazing reference manual. Highly recommended to all aspiring herbalist, entheogen enthusiasts, and full-blown psychonauts alike. If you can find it under $100, grab it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    comprehensive & interesting. Don't experiment in powerful realms you can't respect. Respect plant medicine. why? read this and see.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evan Mantri

    Outstanding resource.

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