The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications

Christian Rätsch


the main entire consultant to the botany, heritage, distribution, and cultivation of all identified psychoactive plants

• Examines 414 psychoactive vegetation and comparable substances

• Explores how utilizing psychoactive vegetation in a culturally sanctioned context can produce very important insights into the character of reality

• Contains 797 colour photos and 645 black-and-white illustrations

In the traditions of each tradition, crops were hugely valued for his or her nourishing, therapeutic, and transformative homes. the main strong plants--those identified to move the human brain into different dimensions of consciousness--have generally been considered as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian R䴳ch info the botany, historical past, distribution, cultivation, and coaching and dosage of greater than four hundred psychoactive vegetation. He discusses their ritual and medicinal utilization, cultural artifacts made of those vegetation, and artistic endeavors that both signify or were encouraged by way of them. the writer starts with 168 of the main famous psychoactives--such as hashish, datura, and papaver--then offers 133 lesser identified elements in addition to extra vegetation often called “legal highs,” vegetation identified in basic terms from mythological contexts and literature, and plant items that come with ingredients reminiscent of ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The textual content is lavishly illustrated with 797 colour photographs--many of that are from the author’s vast fieldwork round the world--showing the folk, ceremonies, and paintings with regards to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.

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