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The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants


By Christian Rätsch. In this epic and exhaustive work, world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist Christian Rätsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He also explores plants used by indigenous people that have not yet been identified by modern botanists as well as plants and psychoactive substances known only from mythological contexts and literature, such as ephemeron, kykeon, and soma. He offers a thorough discussion of psychoactive fungi, referred to in ancient times as the “food of the gods” and used by shamans in many cultures for entry to the spirit world, and concludes with an analysis of the chemical constituents responsible for plants’ psychoactive powers. 944 pages, hardcover, with 645 black-and-white illustrations and 797 color photographs.

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