Rochester, VT: Park Street Press. 2005. First American Edition. Hardcover. First American Edition. Large, thick quarto, original black boards, gilt titles to spine, colour illustrated dust jacket. 942 pp. 797 colour photographs, 645 black & white illustrations. A fine copy, as new in dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #310507
¶ The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants. The work examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances, and explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality. 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 Plants Christian Rch 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 authors extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the worlds sacred psychoactives.