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Animals and Psychedelics 1209023   $ 26.00
Product Image Animals and Psychedelics: the Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness - From caffeine-dependent goats to nectar addicted ants, the animal kingdom offers amazing examples of wild animals and insects seeking out and consuming the psychoactive substances in their environments. Author Giorgio Samorini explores this little-known phenomenon and suggests that, far from being confined to humans, the desire to experience altered states of consciousness is a natural drive shared by all living beings and that animals engage in these behaviours deliberately. Rejecting the Western cultural assumption that using drugs is a negative action or the result of an illness, Samorini opens our eyes to the possibility that beings who consume psychedelics - whether humans or animals - contribute to the evolution of their species by creating entirely new patterns of behaviour that eventually will be adopted by other members of that species. The author's fascinating accounts of mushroom-loving reindeer, intoxicated birds, and drunken elephants ensure that readers will never view the animal world in quite the same way again. - Throws out behaviourist theories that claim animals have no consciousness. - Offers a completely new understanding of the role psychedelics play in the development of consciousness in all species. - Reveals drug use to be a natural instinct.
Giorgio Samorini
Archaic Revival 1007014   $ 44.00
Product Image Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Shamanism, Virtual Reality: Cited by the "L.A. Weekly" as "the culture's foremost spokesman for the psychedelic experience," Terrence McKenna is an underground legend as a brilliant raconteur, adventurer, and expert on the experiential use of mind-altering plants.In these essays, interviews, and narrative adventures, McKenna takes us on a mesmerizing journey deep into the Amazon as well as into the hidden recesses of the human psyche and the outer limits of our culture, giving us startling visions of the past and future.
Terence Mckenna
Cannabible 7110025   $ 47.00
Product Image Astounded by the lack of books dedicated to the wondrous variety of his favorite plant, author Jason King set out on a four-year mission to document the world'--'s finest cannabis. Traveling around North America, Hawaii, and Europe, he captured over 1,500 strains on film (benevolently sampling a good number as well). Here in THE CANNABIBLE, images of the best 200 varieties are included alongside engaging and informative descriptions of their aromas, flavors, effects, and origins. Study this holy writ and figure out whether Purple Haze, Magic Kush, and the "P" is da kine or da shwag; learn which strains will give you the munchies or the wobbles; discover how appropriately named are Doc Kevorkian, Black Widow, and Cat Piss; and find out which strains are good for productivity, creativity, or just sitting on the couch, staring into space. With over 400 mind-blowing, full-color photographs of the world'--'s most beautiful nugs, this book will have you on the floor, bowing to the mighty bud-dha.‚A[ A chapter contributed by one of the world'--'s most studious pot smokers, Rob Clarke, provides an in-depth explanation of the history of marijuana breeding.‚A[ A unique reference guide, the first of its kind.
Jason King
Cannabible Collection 8050102   $ 58.00
Product Image This is a three-volume mini-edition "greatest hits" set packing the best of the fresh from the popular "Cannabible" series, contained in a slick-looking slipcase box and shrinkwrapped. It features full-colour photography of hundreds of cannabis types, accompanied by notes on flavours, aromas and effects. The series has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.
Jason King
Cannabis - The story of the weed that rocked the world 1006006   $ 29.00
Product Image Twelve millennia since it appeared, cannabis remains one of the most popular and controversial drugs consumed today. This revised, paperback edition of the successful "Cannabis" is an informative and entertaining guide to the history of 'weed'. Here one will find a story - from ancient myths and legends to today's on-going controversies - that stretches over 12,000 years; its many uses - spiritual, medicinal and recreational - in countries all round the globe; the laws that have tried to suppress it; and the industry, both 'professional' and quite literally 'homegrown' that brings the weed to its millions of consumers. In addition, readers will discover just what makes smokers 'high' and the way cannabis is being rediscovered as a vital painkiller for such diseases as cancer, arthritis and multiple sclerosis; it lays out the great debate: is cannabis really a 'gateway drug', leading users to heroin and crack; and on a lighter note there are cannabis recipes, the wide-ranging slang of cannabis and for those who've always wondered, a step-by-step guide to rolling a 'joint'. The book seeks to end all misinformation and neither preaches nor condemns. It is as factual reference book which will enlighten reader to all aspects of smoking one of the world's oldest cultivated plants.
Jonathon Green
From The Bodies of the Gods 1305029   $ 32.00
Product Image Psychoactive Plants and the Cults of the Dead Description: The origins of modern religion in human sacrifice, ritual cannibalism, visionary intoxication, and the Cult of the Dead - Explores ancient practices of producing sacred hallucinogenic foods and oils from the bodies of the dead for ritual consumption and religious anointing - Explains how these practices are deeply embedded in the symbolism, theology, and sacraments of modern religion, specifically Christianity and the Eucharist - Documents the rites of Cults of the Dead from the prehistoric Minoans on Crete to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Hebrews to early and medieval Christian sects such as the Cathars Long before the beginnings of civilization, humans have been sacrificed and their flesh used to produce sacred foods and oils for use in religious rites. Originating with the sacred harvest of hallucinogenic mushrooms from the corpses of shamans and other holy men, these acts of ritual cannibalism and visionary intoxication are part of the history of all cultures, including Judeo-Christian ones, and provided a way to commune with the dead. These practices continued openly into the Dark Ages, when they were suppressed and adapted into the worship of saintly bones--or continued in secret by a few 'heretical' sects, such as the Cathars and the Knights Templar. While little known today, these rites remain deeply embedded in the symbolism, theology, and sacraments of modern religion and bring a much more literal meaning to the church's 'Holy Communion' or symbolic consumption of the body and blood of Christ. Documenting the sacrificial, cannibalistic, and psychoactive sacramental practices associated with the Cult of the Dead from the prehistoric Minoans on Crete to the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews and onward to early and medieval
Earl Lee
Marijuana Medicine: 1105013   $ 63.00
Product Image Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis: A comprehensive survey of the therapeutic, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis in traditions around the world.- The most complete visual record of cannabis culture ever published. Christian Ratsch is one of the world's foremost ethnopharmacologists and is the current president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine."Marijuana Medicine" explores the role of hemp in medicinal systems spanning the globe. Cannabis has accompanied the development of human culture from its very beginnings and can be found in the healing traditions of cultures throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Even today it is an important part of many Asian healing traditions: in Ayurveda cannabis is praised for its tonic and aphrodisiac qualities and in traditional Chinese medicine it is cited as a superb antidepressant. It also remains a significant part of the healing and visionary traditions of Latin American curanderos and Brazilian, Nepalese, and Indian folk medicine. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of marijuana's application in treating such diseases as asthma and glaucoma. Christian Ratsch profiles the medicinal, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis in each of these societies and medical systems, providing remedies and recipes for those interested in how cannabis can be used to treat specific conditions.
Christian Ratsch
Plants of the Gods 8060051   $ 69.00
Product Image Plants of The Gods: Their Sacred Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers: World-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist, Christian Ratsch provides the latest scientific updates to this classic work on psychoactive flora by two eminent researchers. Three scientific titans join forces to completely revise the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. They provide a fascinating testimony of these "plants of the gods," tracing their uses throughout the world and their significance in shaping culture and history. In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing and transformative properties. The most powerful of those plants, which are known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness, have always been regarded as sacred. The authors detail the uses of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites while providing lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these plants and the cultural prayers, songs and dances associated with them. The text is lavishly illustrated with 400 rare photographs of plants, people, ceremonies and art related to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactive flora. * Numerous new and rare colour photographs complement the completely revised and updated text * Explores the uses of hallucinogenic plants in shamanic rituals throughout the world * Cross-referenced by plant, illness, preparation, season of collection and chemical constituents * First edition sold 33,000 copies
Richard Evans Schultes
Plant Spirit Shamanism 8060077   $ 37.00
Product Image In "Plant Spirit Shamanism", Ross Heaven and Howard G. Charing explore the use of one of the major allies of shamans for healing, seeing, dreaming and empowerment - plant spirits. After observing great similarities in the use of plants among shamans throughout the world, they discovered the reason behind these similarities: Rather than dealing with the "medical properties" of the plants or specific healing techniques, shamans commune with the spirits of the plants themselves; shows how shamans heal using their knowledge of plant spirits as well as the plant's "medical properties" and includes extensive field interviews with master shamans of all traditions; and explores the core methods of plant shamanism - soul retrieval, spirit extraction and sin eating - and includes techniques for connecting with plant spirits. From their years of in-depth shamanic work in the Amazon, Haiti and Europe, including extensive field interviews with master shamans, Heaven and Charing present the core methods of plant shamanism used in healing rituals the world over: soul retrieval, spirit extraction, sin eating and the Amazonian tradition of pusanga (love medicine). They explain the techniques shamans use to establish connections to plant spirits and provide practical exercises as well as a directory of traditional Amazonian and Caribbean healing plants and their common North American equivalents so readers can explore the world of plant spirits and make allies of their own.
Ross Heaven
Power of the Poppy: Harnessing Natures Most Dangerous Plant 1105002   $ 44.00
Product Image A comprehensive look at the inspiring, healing, and addictive powers of the Opium Poppy and its derivatives throughout history - Covers the history, risks, and benefits of opium, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl - Provides techniques of cultivation, extraction, and safe consumption as well as methods for overcoming addiction and staying "clean" - Profiles 11 famous users, including Thomas de Quincey, William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, and DJ Screw Few plant allies have a history as long and well-documented as Papaver somniferum, the celebrated and infamous opium poppy. For thousands of years people around the world have been unable to resist the poppy's siren song of intoxicating pleasure, pain relief, and visionary states--so much so that this potent plant has literally adapted itself to human civilization: in increasing its intoxicating properties, it came to rely solely on humankind for its propagation. From 6,000-year-old poppy seeds found in archaeological digs in Europe to the black tar heroin factories of South America and the modern "War on Drugs," Kenaz Filan explores the history of this enduring plant and its many derivatives
Kenaz Filan
Psilocybin Solution 1109009   $ 35.00
Product Image "Psilocybin Solution: The Role of Sacred Mushrooms in the Quest for Meaning": How psilocybin mushrooms facilitate a direct link to the wisdom of Nature and the meaning of life • Examines the neurochemistry underlying the visionary psilocybin experience • Explains how sacred mushrooms help restore our connection to the natural intelligence of Nature Reviews the research on psilocybin’s ability to dispel anxiety in the terminally ill and its helpful effects on obsessive-compulsive disorder It has been more than 50 years since sacred mushrooms were plucked from the shamanic backwaters of Mexico and presented to the modern world by R. Gordon Wasson. After sparking the psychedelic era of the 1960s, however, the divine mushroom returned underground from whence it mysteriously originated. Yet today, the mushroom’s extraordinary influence is once again being felt by large numbers of people, due to the discovery of hundreds of wild psilocybin species growing across the globe. In "The Psilocybin Solution", Simon G. Powell traces the history of the sacred psilocybin mushroom and discusses the shamanic visionary effects it can induce. Detailing how psilocybin acts as a profound enhancer of consciousness and reviewing the research performed by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Johns Hopkins University, and the Heffter Research Institute on psilocybin’s ability to dispel anxiety in the terminally ill and its helpful effects on obsessive-compulsive disorder, he examines the neurochemistry, psychology, and spirituality underlying the visionary psilocybin experience, revealing the interface where physical brain and conscious mind meet. Showing that the existence of life and the functioning of mind are the result of a naturally intelligent, self-organizing Universe, he explains how sacred mushrooms provide a direct link to the wisdom of Nature and the meaning of life.
Simon G Powell - Foreword by Graham Hancock
Psychedelic Explorers Guide - 1107021   $ 43.00
Product Image Psychedelics for spiritual, therapeutic, and problem-solving use - Presents practices for safe and successful psychedelic voyages, including the benefits of having a guide and how to be a guide - Reviews the value of psychedelics for healing and self-discovery as well as how LSD has facilitated scientific and technical problem-solving - Reveals how ultra-low doses improve cognitive functioning, emotional balance, and physical stamina - This year 600,000 people in the U.S. alone will try LSD for the the first time, joining the 23 million who have already experimented with this substance. Called "America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use," James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this guide to the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelic use for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose) purposes, Fadiman outlines best practices for safe, sacred entheogenic voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience--from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention. Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including his recent study of the reasons for and results of psychedelic use among hundreds of students and professionals. He reveals new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, including extremely low doses for improved cognitive functioning and emotional balance. Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, he dispels the myths and misperceptions about psychedelics circulating in textbooks and clinics as well as on the internet. Exploring the life-changing experiences of Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, and Huston Smith as well as Francis Crick and Steve Jobs, Fadiman shows how psychedelics, used wisely, can lead not only to healing but also to scientific breakthroughs and spiritual epiphanies.
James Fadiman, Ph.D.
Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens 1103011   $ 55.00
Product Image Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development Psychedelics as therapeutic catalysts for emotional and spiritual transformation - Explores the latest medical research on the healing powers of entheogens - Reveals the crucial role of tribal and shamanic wisdom in psychedelic medicine - Provides guidelines for working with psychedelics, including the author's personal healing and recommendations for creating change on the spiritual and societal levels Banned after promising research in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, the use of psychedelics as therapeutic catalysts is now being rediscovered at prestigious medical schools, such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, NYU, and UCLA. Through clinical trials to assess their use, entheogens have been found to ease anxiety in the dying, interrupt the hold of addictive drugs, cure post-traumatic stress disorder, and treat other deep-seated emotional disturbances. To date, results have been positive, and the idea of psychedelics as powerful psychiatric--and spiritual--medicines is now beginning to be accepted by the medical community. Exploring the latest cutting-edge research on psychedelics, along with their use in indigenous cultures throughout history for rites of passage and shamanic rituals, Neal Goldsmith reveals that the curative effect of entheogens comes not from a chemical effect on the body but rather by triggering a peak or spiritual experience. He provides guidelines for working with entheogens, groundbreaking analyses of the concept--and the process--of change in psychotherapy, and, ultimately, his own story of psychedelic healing. Examining the tribal roots of this knowledge, Goldsmith shows that by combining ancient wisdom and modern research, we can unlock the emotional, mental, and spiritual healing powers of these unique and powerful tools, providing an integral medicine for postmodern society.
Neal M Goldsmith, Ph.D
Psychedelic Sacrament: Manna, Meditation, and Mystical Exper 8060045   $ 28.00
Product Image ow Psychedelic Substances were Used in Judeo-Christian Teachings to Enahnce the Religious Expereince; In The Mystery of Manna, religious historian Dan Merkur provided compelling evidence that the miraculous bread that God fed the Israelites in the wilderness was psychedelic, made from bread containing ergot - the psychoactive fungus containing the same chemicals from which LSD is made. Many religious authorities over the centuries have secretly known the identity and experience of manna and have left a rich record of their involvement with this sacred substance. In The Psychedelic Sacrament, Dan Merkur elucidates a body of Jewish and Christian writings especially devoted to this tradition of visionary mysticism. He discusses the specific teachings of Philo of Alexandria, Rabbi Moses Maimonides and St. Bernard of Clairvaux that refer to special meditations designed to be performed while partaking of the "psychedelic sacrament." These meditations combine the revelatory power of psychedelics with the rational exercise of the mind, enabling the seeker to achieve a qualitatively enhanced state of religious transcendence. The Psychedelic Sacrament sheds new light on the use of psychedelics in the Western mystery tradition and deepens our understanding of the human desire for divine union. Reveals the secret teachings from the Judeo-Christian traditions that promote the use of psychedelic substances to enhance religious transcendence. Explains how special meditations were designed to be performed while partaking of the "psychedelic sacrament".
Daniel Merkur
Seven Sisters of Sleep - Celebrated Drug Classic 1110016   $ 35.00
Product Image This groundbreaking survey, written in 1860, is a radically open-minded look at the use of drugs across the world and throughout the ages. Early users of tobacco in Russia would have their noses cut off and repeat offenders their heads. Pope Innocent XII excommunicated any who used it in St. Peters. Marijuana users in 14th century Egypt would have their teeth extracted for the crime. Yet use of these and other forbidden substances continued to grow. If only as a record of the perennial failure of harsh punishments to deter drug use Victorian naturalist Mordecai Cooke's work "The Seven Sisters of Sleep" would remain significant. But Cooke's natural humor and keen insights have ensured this work's reputation as possibly the best early book from what has grown into an enormous body of literature on mind- and mood-altering substances. Written at a time, similar to our own, when drug use was being reconsidered, "The Seven Sisters of Sleep" is a thought-provoking and open-minded look at the use of drugs across the world and throughout the ages. Quite popular in its day and a major influence on Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," this is an important book for anyone interested in an unbiased account of humanity's long involvement with psychoactive, hallucinogenic, and stimulant plants.
Mordecai Cooke
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