The main complete consultant to the botany, background, distribution, and cultivation of all recognized psychoactive plants
• Examines 414 psychoactive crops and comparable substances
• Explores how utilizing psychoactive crops in a culturally sanctioned context can produce vital insights into the character of reality
• includes 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 homes. the main robust plants--those recognized to move the human brain into different dimensions of consciousness--have often been considered as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch info the botany, historical past, distribution, cultivation, and training and dosage of greater than four hundred psychoactive crops. He discusses their ritual and medicinal utilization, cultural artifacts made up of those crops, and artworks that both characterize or were encouraged via them. the writer starts with 168 of the main famous psychoactives--such as hashish, datura, and papaver--then offers 133 lesser recognized ingredients in addition to extra vegetation often called “legal highs,” crops identified purely from mythological contexts and literature, and plant items that come with components akin to ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The textual content is lavishly illustrated with 797 colour photographs--many of that are from the author’s large fieldwork round the world--showing the folks, ceremonies, and paintings on the topic of the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.
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