The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications

Christian Rätsch


the main finished advisor to the botany, background, distribution, and cultivation of all identified psychoactive plants

• Examines 414 psychoactive crops and similar substances

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

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

In the traditions of each tradition, vegetation were hugely valued for his or her nourishing, therapeutic, and transformative houses. the main strong plants--those recognized to move the human brain into different dimensions of consciousness--have commonly been considered as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian R䴳ch info the botany, historical past, distribution, cultivation, and guidance and dosage of greater than four hundred psychoactive crops. He discusses their ritual and medicinal utilization, cultural artifacts made of those crops, and artistic endeavors that both characterize or were encouraged via them. the writer starts with 168 of the main recognized psychoactives--such as hashish, datura, and papaver--then offers 133 lesser recognized ingredients in addition to extra vegetation referred to as “legal highs,” crops identified in basic terms from mythological contexts and literature, and plant items that come with components similar to 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 relating to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.

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