The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants : Ethnopharmacology and its Applications

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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 PlantsChristian Ratsch 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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Author(s)
Christian R├Ątsch, Albert Hofmann
Format
Hardback | 944 pages
Dimensions
216 x 279 x 54mm | 3,329.37g
Publication date
25 Apr 2005
Publisher
Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Imprint
Park Street Press,U.S.
Publication City/Country
Rochester, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
797 color photographs and 645 b&w illustrations
ISBN10
0892819782
ISBN13
9780892819782
Bestsellers rank
104,530
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