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The Encyclopedia Of Psychoactive Plants

Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications
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Hardcover Book
Inner Traditions
August, 2004
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$150.00 CAD
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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 colour 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.

This comprehensive encyclopedia of the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants also explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality.

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 and Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas.

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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 world’s sacred psychoactive plants.

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