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By Christian Rätsch,Albert Hofmann

the main accomplished advisor 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

• comprises 797 colour photos 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 routinely been considered as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch info the botany, background, distribution, cultivation, and education and dosage of greater than four hundred psychoactive crops. He discusses their ritual and medicinal utilization, cultural artifacts made up of those vegetation, and artistic endeavors that both signify or were encouraged via them. the writer starts off with 168 of the main recognized psychoactives--such as hashish, datura, and papaver--then provides 133 lesser recognized ingredients in addition to extra vegetation referred to as “legal highs,” crops recognized basically 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 broad fieldwork round the world--showing the folks, ceremonies, and artwork with regards to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.

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