Stephen O’Malley

An incredible new reference work:

Posted: Aug 24, 2005

An incredible new reference work:

_The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its
By Christian Rätsch
Foreword by Albert Hofmann
Translated by John R. Baker, with assistance from Annabel Lee and
Cornelia Ballent

ISBN: 0-89281-978-2

Hardcover, 944 pages; 8.50 (width) x 11.00 (height)
797 color photographs and 645 b&w illustrations
Park Street Press, $125.00

The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants

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 800 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.

Christian Rätsch, Ph.D., is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants. He is the author of Marijuana Medicine and coauthor of Plants of the Gods, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas, and Witchcraft Medicine. He lives in Hamburg, Germany, and lectures around the world.

Note: this book can be obtained for a considerable discount if bought through Amazon:

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