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By Richard Evans Schultes

World-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist Christian Ratsch offers the most recent clinical updates to this vintage paintings on psychoactive flowers through eminent researchers.

• a number of new and infrequent colour images supplement the thoroughly revised and up-to-date text.

• Explores the makes use of of hallucinogenic vegetation in shamanic rituals through the world.

• Cross-referenced through plant, disease, education, season of assortment, and chemical parts.

• First version offered 33,000 copies.

Three medical titans sign up for forces to totally revise the vintage textual content at the ritual makes use of of psychoactive crops. they supply a desirable testimony of those ''plants of the gods,'' tracing their makes use of through the international and their importance in shaping tradition and background. within the traditions of each tradition, vegetation were hugely valued for his or her nourishing, therapeutic, and transformative homes. the main robust of these vegetation, that are recognized to move the human brain into different dimensions of realization, have constantly been considered as sacred. The authors element the makes use of of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites whereas offering lucid factors of the biochemistry of those crops and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances linked to them. The textual content is lavishly illustrated with four hundred infrequent images of crops, humans, ceremonies, and artwork relating to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactive plants.

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2 m) and has many-forked branches and branched, leafless stems. The rich green leaves are coarsely serrated. The funnelshaped flowers are 5-pointed, stand erect, and open upward. The common variety carries 3—6ft (1—2m) tall. The triangu- 9cm) long are among the smallest of the Datura species. The tatula variety has smaller violet flowers. The green egg-shaped fruit is covered with thorns and stands erect. The flat, livershaped seeds are black. The origins of this powerful hallucinogenic species of Thorn Apple is uncertain and its botanical history ardently argued over.

In California the plant has been grown and tested, revealing a bitter-tasting smoke and a lightly psychoactive effect that is reminiscent of both Cannabis and Datura. In eastern South Africa, the closely related Leonotis ovata is reportedly used for the same purpose. 46 PDF compression, OCR, web-optimization with CVISION's PdfCompressor CYTISUSL. DATURAL. (30) (14—16) DATURAL. (14—16) DATURAL. ) 0. Kuntze Datura innoxia Mill. (D. meteloides) Datura mete! L. Genista Toloache Datura Datura stramonium L.

1cm) long. This and several other species of Cacalia have been referred to in parts of northern Mexico as Peyote and may possibly have once been employed for hallucinatory purposes. In Mexico Cacalia cordifolla is a presumed aphrodisiac and cure for sterility. An alkaloid has been reported from the plant, but there is no evidence of a chemical constituent with psychoactive properties. This little researched plant is apparently often confused with Calea zacatechichi. CAESALPINIAL. (100) CALEAL.

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