Plants of the Gods

Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers

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Author: Richard Evans Schultes,Albert Hofmann,Christian Rätsch

Publisher: Healing Arts Press

ISBN: 9780892819799

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 208

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World-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist Christian Ratsch provides the latest scientific updates to this classic work on psychoactive flora by two eminent researchers. • Numerous new and rare color 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. 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.

Hanf als Heilmittel

Ethnomedizin, Anwendungen und Rezepte

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Author: Christian Rätsch

Publisher: Nachtschatten Verlag

ISBN: 3037885114

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

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Seit mindestens 6000 Jahren wird Hanf als Faserlieferant, als Nahrung und Genussmittel kulturell genutzt, aber auch seine vielseitigen medizinischen Qualitäten wurden früh entdeckt. Er hatte seinen festen Platz in der pharaonischen, der assyrischen, der antiken, der islamischen und der mittelalterlichen Medizin. In der chinesischen und tibetischen Medizin werden seine euphorisierenden, antidepressiven Eigenschaften geschätzt, im Ayurveda wird er als Allheilmittel und Aphrodisiakum gepriesen. Doch auch unsere germanisch-keltischen Ahnen haben die Pflanze medizinisch genutzt. Hildegard von Bingen gebrauchte sie genauso wie Samuel Hahnemann, der Begründer der Homöopathie. In der modernen medizinischen und pharmakologischen Forschung werden nun die früheren und die ethnobotanischen Anwendungen der Hanfpflanze getestet und grösstenteils bestätigt. Dieses Buch zeichnet die Geschichte und die Bedeutung des Hanfs in den verschiedenen medizinischen Systemen und Lehren nach und gibt eine Fülle von praktischen Anwendungen und Rezepten. Mit einem Vorwort von Dr. med. Franjo Grotenhermen.

Hexenmedizin

die Wiederentdeckung einer verbotenen Heilkunst - schamanische Traditionen in Europa

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Author: Claudia Müller-Ebeling,Christian Rätsch,Wolf-Dieter Storl

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783855026012

Category: Europa - Heilpflanzen - Hexerei - Geschichte

Page: 272

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Politische Geschichte der Deutschen

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Author: Albert von Hofmann

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3846026190

Category:

Page: 450

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Albert von Hofmann (1867-1940) war ein deutscher Historiker. Nachdruck des Originals von 1921.

Cannabis

Evolution and Ethnobotany

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Author: Robert Clarke,Mark Merlin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954572

Category: Science

Page: 452

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Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the natural origins and early evolution of this famous plant, highlighting its historic role in the development of human societies. Cannabis has long been prized for the strong and durable fiber in its stalks, its edible and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced by its female flowers. The culturally valuable and often irreplaceable goods derived from cannabis deeply influenced the commercial, medical, ritual, and religious practices of cultures throughout the ages, and human desire for these commodities directed the evolution of the plant toward its contemporary varieties. As interest in cannabis grows and public debate over its many uses rises, this book will help us understand why humanity continues to rely on this plant and adapts it to suit our needs.

Einsichten - Ausblicke

Essays

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Author: Albert Hofmann

Publisher: Nachtschatten Verlag

ISBN: 3037882255

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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Welches ist die wahre Wirklichkeit? - Das nüchterne Weltbild des Naturwissenschaftlers oder das rauschhafte des Mystikers? Eigene spontane und drogeninduzierte mystische Erlebnisse drängten den Autor, den Entdecker des LSD, Albert Hofmann, dieser Frage nachzugehen. Er gelangte dabei zu Einsichten in das Wesen der Wirklichkeit, die dieses zentrale Problem der Philosophie in neuer Weise anschaulich machen. Dieser Band erschien erstmals 1986 im Sphinx Verlag. In dieser neuen Ausgabe sind einige Artikel überarbeitet worden und mit neuen Texten - z.B. 'Bewusst Sein' - ergänzt. Laut Albert Hofmann ist dieses Buch "Der Kern meiner Weltanschauung". Das Buch erschien zum 60. Jahrestag der LSD-Entdeckung (16.4.03) und wird an der Basler Buchmesse (2.-4.5.03) unter Beisein des Autors mit grosser Medienpräsenz vorgestellt.

An Encyclopedia of Shamanism Volume 2

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Author: Christina Pratt

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781404210417

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Shamanism can be defined as the practice of initiated shamans who are distinguished by their mastery of a range of altered states of consciousness. Shamanism arises from the actions the shaman takes in non-ordinary reality and the results of those actions in ordinary reality. It is not a religion, yet it demands spiritual discipline and personal sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the highest stages of mystical development.

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology

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Author: Harris L. Friedman,Glenn Hartelius

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118591313

Category: Psychology

Page: 744

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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology presents the most inclusive resource yet published on this topic - which seeks to benefit humanity by integrating ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. Features the work of more than fifty leading voices in the field, creating the most comprehensive survey of transpersonal psychology yet published Includes emerging and established perspectives Charts the breadth and diversity of the transpersonal landscape Covers topics including shamanism, neurobiology, holotropic states, transpersonal experiences, and more

Salvia Divinorum - Die Wahrsagesalbei

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Author: Jochen Gartz

Publisher: Nachtschatten Verlag

ISBN: 3037882522

Category: Social Science

Page: 80

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Dieses Buch beschreibt erstmals alle Aspekte einer uralten Zauber- und Heilpflanze aus Mexiko: Salvia divinorum, auch "Wahrsagesalbei" genannt. Bekannt wurde diese Pflanze insbesondere durch "Maria Sabina - die Botin der heiligen Pilze", die Salvia divinorum als Ersatz bei Heilritualen einsetzte, in Zeiten wo die Pilz nicht vorhanden waren. Durch Maria Sabinas Kontakt mit Gordon Wasson und Albert Hofmann in den 50er Jahren wurde Salvia divinorum weiter erforscht und der westlichen Fachwelt zugänglich gemacht. Jeweils ausgehend von historischen Quellen werden ausführlich botanische Zusammenhänge, Kulturverhalten, Inhaltsstoffe, pharmakologische Eigenschaften als auch die frühe und rezente Anwendung der noch immer sagenumwobenen Pflanze dargestellt.

The Cultural History of Plants

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Author: Sir Ghillean Prance,Mark Nesbitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135958106

Category: Reference

Page: 460

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This valuable reference will be useful for both scholars and general readers. It is both botanical and cultural, describing the role of plant in social life, regional customs, the arts, natural and covers all aspects of plant cultivation and migration and covers all aspects of plant cultivation and migration. The text includes an explanation of plant names and a list of general references on the history of useful plants.

Pharmacology and Treatment of Substance Abuse

Evidence and Outcome Based Perspectives

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Author: Lee M. Cohen,Frank L. Collins, Jr.,Alice Young,Dennis E. McChargue,Thad R. Leffingwell,Katrina L. Cook

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135704015

Category: HEALTH & FITNESS

Page: 704

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Given the prevalence of substance abuse in general clinical populations, it is important for healthcare providers to have knowledge and skill in the treatment of these problems. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) involves the integration of the best evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. This text is designed as a bridge for practitioners that will provide up-to-date evidence reviews as well as information on how to best keep up with emerging trends in the field. The editors have gathered expert authors to provide a much needed summary of the current status of the evidence based practice for both the assessment and treatment of specific substance use disorders.

Now is the Time to Open Your Heart

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Author: Alice Walker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780222939

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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'A modern take on the Odyssey in which it is Penelope who wanders far from home before returning to her Odysseus' Sunday Telegraph Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married several times, she has lived a life full of exploration. Now, as she begins to feel the first ravages of age, she wants to find a new sense of meaning. She leaves her lover Yolo on a journey down the Colorado river - a journey that will force her to re-explore her past and her future, and her connection to the real world. On her travels she meets shamans and the mysterious spiritual world of the native Indian. Yolo too begins his own journey as he travels to Hawaii and meets a former lover whose life is being destroyed by the excesses of American society. As Kate and Yolo gain shifting insights into the world around them, will their paths diverge or lead back to each other? This is a novel very much in tune with the zeitgeist - Alice Walker argues that we need to look inwards and develop a more open attitude in order to combat the pervasive climate of fear and distrust.

Uncorking the Past

The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages

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Author: Patrick E. McGovern

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520944682

Category: Cooking

Page: 348

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In a lively tour around the world and through the millennia, Uncorking the Past tells the compelling story of humanity's ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. Following a tantalizing trail of archaeological, chemical, artistic, and textual clues, Patrick E. McGovern, the leading authority on ancient alcoholic beverages, brings us up to date on what we now know about how humans created and enjoyed fermented beverages across cultures. Along the way, he explores a provocative hypothesis about the integral role such libations have played in human evolution. We discover, for example, that the cereal staples of the modern world were probably domesticated for their potential in making quantities of alcoholic beverages. These include the delectable rice wines of China and Japan, the corn beers of the Americas, and the millet and sorghum drinks of Africa. Humans also learned how to make mead from honey and wine from exotic fruits of all kinds-even from the sweet pulp of the cacao (chocolate) fruit in the New World. The perfect drink, it turns out-whether it be mind-altering, medicinal, a religious symbol, a social lubricant, or artistic inspiration-has not only been a profound force in history, but may be fundamental to the human condition itself.

Home Grown

Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs

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Author: Isaac Campos

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807882682

Category: History

Page: 344

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Historian Isaac Campos combines wide-ranging archival research with the latest scholarship on the social and cultural dimensions of drug-related behavior in this telling of marijuana's remarkable history in Mexico. Introduced in the sixteenth century by the Spanish, cannabis came to Mexico as an industrial fiber and symbol of European empire. But, Campos demonstrates, as it gradually spread to indigenous pharmacopoeias, then prisons and soldiers' barracks, it took on both a Mexican name--marijuana--and identity as a quintessentially "Mexican" drug. A century ago, Mexicans believed that marijuana could instantly trigger madness and violence in its users, and the drug was outlawed nationwide in 1920. Home Grown thus traces the deep roots of the antidrug ideology and prohibitionist policies that anchor the drug-war violence that engulfs Mexico today. Campos also counters the standard narrative of modern drug wars, which casts global drug prohibition as a sort of informal American cultural colonization. Instead, he argues, Mexican ideas were the foundation for notions of "reefer madness" in the United States. This book is an indispensable guide for anyone who hopes to understand the deep and complex origins of marijuana's controversial place in North American history.

Illegal Drugs

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Author: Paul Gahlinger

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440650246

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 480

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Does Ecstasy cause brain damage? Why is crack more addictive than cocaine? What questions regarding drugs are legal to ask in a job interview? When does marijuana possession carry a greater prison sentence than murder? Illegal Drugs is the first comprehensive reference to offer timely, pertinent information on every drug currently prohibited by law in the United States. It includes their histories, chemical properties and effects, medical uses and recreational abuses, and associated health problems, as well as addiction and treatment information. Additional survey chapters discuss general and historical information on illegal drug use, the effect of drugs on the brain, the war on drugs, drugs in the workplace, the economy and culture of illegal drugs, and information on thirty-three psychoactive drugs that are legal in the United States, from caffeine, alcohol and tobacco to betel nuts and kava kava.

Wahre Halluzinationen

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Author: Terence McKenna

Publisher: Nachtschatten Verlag

ISBN: 3037885270

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 177

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Im Jahre 1971 macht sich eine Gruppe junger amerikanischer Anthropologen und Botaniker auf ins Amazonasgebiet, um die Wirkung von halluzinogenen Pflanzen auf das Weltbild der eingeborenen Schamanen zu erforschen. Die Einnahme dort wachsender Psilocybin-Pilze versetzt zwei von ihnen, Terence McKenna und seinen Bruder Dennis, selbst in den Zustand, den sie an visionssuchenden Schamanen untersuchen wollten. Dieses Erlebnis überzeugte McKenna, dass die Welt der ekstatischen Trance des Schamanen, die visionäre Welt des Psilocybins und die Welt, in der man Ausserirdische antrifft, verschiedene Aspekte ein und derselben paradoxen Realität sind. In den Jahren danach festigte sich seine Ansicht, dass man Psilocybin dazu benutzen kann, das Verhältnis von Geist und dem Unbekannten zu erforschen. Als Forscher einer neuen Generation erkundete er die nicht rationalen Teile der Psyche und entwickelte mit Hilfe seiner rationalen wissenschaftlichen Ausbildung eine "Quantenpsychologie". Sein Buch liest sich so spannend wie ein Bericht über die Erkundung eines fremden Kontinents.