The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and its Applications

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and its Applications

By: Christian Ratsch (author), Albert Hofmann (foreword_author)Hardback

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In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants--those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness--have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive PlantsChristian Ratsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. The author begins with 168 of the most well-known psychoactives--such as cannabis, datura, and papaver--then presents 133 lesser known substances as well as additional plants known as "legal highs," plants known only from mythological contexts and literature, and plant products that include substances such as ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The text is lavishly illustrated with 797 color photographs--many of which are from the author's extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactives. No EU Toy Safety hazard warning applicable.

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Christian Ratsch, Ph.D., is a world- renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants for spiritual as well as medicinal purposes. He studied Mesoamerican languages and cultures and anthropology at the University of Hamburg and spent, altogether, three years of fieldwork among the Lacandone Indians in Chiapas, Mexico, being the only European fluent in their language. He then received a fellowship from the German academic service for foreign research, the Deutsche Akademische Auslandsdienst (DAAD), to realize his doctoral thesis on healing spells and incantations of the Lacandone-Maya at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In addition to his work in Mexico, his numerous fieldworks have included research in Thailand, Bali, the Seychelles, as well as a long-term study (18 years) on shamanism in Nepal combined with expeditions to Korea and the Peruvian and Colombian Amazon. He also was a scientific -anthro-pological advisor for expeditions organized by German magazines such as GEO and Spektrum der Wissenschaften (Spectrum of Sciences). Before becoming a full-time author and internationally renowned lecturer, Ratsch worked as professor of anthropology at the University of Bremen and served as consultant advisor for many German museums. Because of his extensive collection of shells, fossils, artifacts, and entheopharmacological items, he has had numerous museum expositions on these topics. He is the author of numerous articles and more than 40 books, including Plants of Love, Gateway to Inner Space, Marijuana Medicine, and The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants. He is also coauthor of Plants of the Gods, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas, and Witchcraft Medicine and is editor of the Yearbook of Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness. A former member of the board of advisors of the European College for the Study of Consciousness (ECSC) and former president of the Association of Ethnomedicine, he lives in Hamburg, Germany.


Foreword Preface Introduction What Are Psychoactive Plants? The Use of Psychoactive Plants Psychoactive Plants and Shamanic Consciousness The Fear of Psychoactive Plants The Study of Psychoactive Plants Psychoactive Plants as Factors in the Development of Culture THE PSYCHOACTIVE PLANTS On the Structure of the Major Monographs The Most Important Genera and Species from A to Z Major Monographs Little-Studied Psychoactive Plants Minor Monographs Reputed Psychoactive Plants "Legal Highs" Psychoactive Plants That Have Not Yet Been Identified PSYCHOACTIVE FUNGI The Archaeology of Entheogenic Mushroom Cults Cultivating Mushrooms The Genera and Species from A to Z Purported Psychoactive Fungi General Literature on Psychoactive Fungi PSYCHOACTIVE PRODUCTS ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS OF PLANTS Active Plant Constituents and Neurotransmitters The Active Plant Constituents from A to Z Botanical Taxonomy of Psychoactive Plants and Fungi General Bibliography Bibliographies Periodicals Books and Articles Acknowledgments Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/07/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780892819782
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 944
  • ID: 9780892819782
  • weight: 3
  • ISBN10: 0892819782

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