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The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants

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The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plantsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substancesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of realityandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Containsand#160;797 color photographs and 645 black-and-white illustrationsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 andlt;iandgt;The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plantsandlt;/iandgt; Christian Rand#19763;ch 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 and#8220;legal highs,and#8221; 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 withand#160;797 color photographs--many of which are from the authorand#8217;s extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the worldand#8217;s sacred psychoactives.

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In his foreword, LSD discoverer Albert Hoffman comments on the need for a holistic perspective with a place for the traditional spiritual/medicinal roles of psychoactive plants. R<:a>tsch, a German anthropologist/ethnopharmacologist, similarly regards psychoactive plants as serving a legitimate genetically-based role in human consciousness. After introducing their characteristics, cultural uses, and social concerns they evoke, he profiles some 400 common and exotic genera and species from Acacia to Withania. Additional sections treat bioactive compounds, taxonomy, and plants described in literature that have yet to be traced. Some of the many illustrations are from his fieldwork. Originally published in 1998 in German as Enzyklop<:a>die der psychoaktiven Pfanzen.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

In his foreword, LSD discoverer Albert Hoffman comments on the need for a holistic perspective with a place for the traditional spiritual/medicinal roles of psychoactive plants. R<:a>tsch, a German anthropologist/ethnopharmacologist, similarly regards psychoactive plants as serving a legitimate genetically-based role in human consciousness. After introducing their characteristics, cultural uses, and social concerns they evoke, he profiles some 400 common and exotic genera and species from Acacia to Withania. Additional sections treat bioactive compounds, taxonomy, and plants described in literature that have yet to be traced. Some of the many illustrations are from his fieldwork. Originally published in 1998 in German as Enzyklop<:a>die der psychoaktiven Pfanzen. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the traditions of every culture, psychoactive plants--those known to transport the mind to other dimensions of consciousness--have been regarded as sacred. This book details the history, botany, and use of psychoactive plants and is lavishly illustrated with color photographs of the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the worlds sacred psychoactive plants.

About the Author

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 Medicineand 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

What Are Psychoactive Plants?

The Use of Psychoactive Plants

Psychoactive Plants and Shamanic Consciousness

The Fear of Psychoactive Plants

The Study of Psychoactive Plants

Psychoactive Plants as Factors in the Development of Culture

THE PSYCHOACTIVE PLANTS

On the Structure of the Major Monographs

The Most Important Genera and Species

     from A to Z

Major Monographs

Little-Studied Psychoactive Plants

Minor Monographs

Reputed Psychoactive Plants

“Legal Highs”

Psychoactive Plants That Have

    Not Yet Been Identified

PSYCHOACTIVE FUNGI

The Archaeology of Entheogenic

     Mushroom Cults

Cultivating Mushrooms

The Genera and Species from A to Z

Purported Psychoactive Fungi

General Literature on

     Psychoactive Fungi

PSYCHOACTIVE PRODUCTS

ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS OF PLANTS

Active Plant Constituents

    and Neurotransmitters

The Active Plant Constituents

    from A to Z

Botanical Taxonomy of Psychoactive

    Plants and Fungi

General Bibliography

Bibliographies

Periodicals

Books and Articles

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892819782
Foreword:
Hofmann, Albert
Publisher:
Park Street Press
Author:
Ratsch, Christian
Author:
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Author:
Rdtsch, Christian
Author:
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Author:
Rc$tsch, Christian
Author:
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Author:
Hofmann, Albert
Author:
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Subject:
Herbal Medications
Subject:
Psychotropic plants. .
Subject:
Psychiatry - Psychopharmacology
Subject:
Plants - General
Subject:
Ethopharmacology
Subject:
Drug Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Botany
Subject:
ENTHEOGEN;ETHNOBOTANY;REFERENCE;RATSCH
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
797 color photographs and 645 bandamp;w
Pages:
944
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x 1.9 in 110.425 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In the traditions of every culture, psychoactive plants--those known to transport the mind to other dimensions of consciousness--have been regarded as sacred. This book details the history, botany, and use of psychoactive plants and is lavishly illustrated with color photographs of the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the worlds sacred psychoactive plants.

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