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Leary on Drugs:
New Material from the Archives! Advice, Humor and Wisdom from the Godfather of Psychedelia
By Re/Search Publications


He famously exhorted people to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," but Timothy Leary had a lot more to say about drugs — a lot more. Leary on Drugs compiles every interesting thing he ever said about the subject. Drawing from Leary's books, interviews, magazine articles, and scholarly journals, the book includes essays, quotes, and stories, ranging from his first acid trip and the sociology of LSD to drug war hysteria, the right to get high, and advice on using psychedelics responsibly.
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Drugs of the Dreaming:
Oneirogens: Salvia divinorum and Other Dream-Enhancing Plants
By Gianluca Toro, Benjamin Thomas


The first comprehensive guide to oneirogens- naturally occurring substances that induce and enhance dreaming. Oneirogens are plant and animal substances that have long been used to facilitate powerful and productive dreaming. From the beginning of civilization, dreams have guided the inner and outer life of human beings both in relation to each other and to the divine. For centuries shamans have employed oneirogens in finding meaning and healing in their dreams. Drugs of the Dreaming details the properties and actions of these dream allies, establishing ethnobotanical profiles for 35 oneirogens, including those extracted from organic sources--such as Calea zacatechichi (dream herb or “leaf of the god”), Salvia divinorum, and a variety of plants from North and South America and the Pacific used in shamanic practices--as well as synthetically derived oneirogens. They explain the historical use of each oneirogen, its method of action, and what light it sheds on the scientific mechanism of dreaming. They conclude that oneirogens enhance the comprehensibility and facility of the dream/dreamer relationship and hold a powerful key for discerning the psychological needs and destinies of dreamers in the modern world.
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A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape:
The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience
By Dan Carpenter, Daniel Pinchbeck


Journeying into the invisible world revealed by his use of the dissociative psychedelic DXM (dextromethorphan), Dan Carpenter found that what he experienced was not simply subjective sensations and psychological states but an objective world of familiar, if inordinately odd, landmarks and characters. The running diary he kept of these voyages recounts impressions of a landscape charted by other travelers into this Inner Space and includes descriptions of many of the same phenomena recorded by such mind travelers as Terence and Dennis McKenna, Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and others who have experienced the hive mind--the pool of all consciousness. Into this territory where expression is like chaos theory, where oddly symmetrical order manifests out of the seemingly anarchic swirl of images and events, the author ventures with the mind-set of a naturalist, accepting whatever might be rather than what he hopes he might find. What emerges is not a location crafted by subjective experience, but a landscape that embodies the Other and that represents a conscious state in which the barriers between the self and the not-self dissolve.
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Opium Culture:
The Art and Ritual of the Chinese Tradition
By Peter Lee


Opium. The very sound of the word conjures images of secret rooms in ­exotic lands, where languid smokers lounge dreamily in a blue haze of fragrant ­poppy smoke, inhaling vapors from long bamboo pipes tilted over the ruby flame of the jade lamp. Yet today very little accurate information is available regarding a custom that for 300 years was central to the lives of millions of people throughout the world. In Opium Culture Peter Lee presents a fascinating narrative that covers every aspect of the Chinese art and craft of smoking opium. Starting with a concise account of opium’s long and colorful history and the story of how it came to be smoked for pleasure in China, Lee offers detailed descriptions of the growing and harvesting process; the exotic inventory of tools and paraphernalia required to smoke opium the Chinese way; its transition from a major healing herb to a forbidden substance suppressed by the modern pharmaceutical industry; its connections to the I Ching, Taoism, and Chinese medicine; and the art, culture, philosophy, pharmacology, and psychology of this traditional Asian custom. Highlighted throughout with interesting quotes from literary and artistic figures who were opium smokers, such as Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Emily Hahn, and Graham Greene, the text is studded with gems of long forgotten opium arcana and dispels many of the persistent myths about opium and its use as a relaxant.
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Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca
By Ralph Metzner


A compilation of writings on the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of Ayahuasca. Includes 24 firsthand accounts of Ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes, including contributions from J. C. Callaway, Charles S. Grob, and Dennis J. McKenna * Discusses the medical and psychological applications of Ayahuasca * Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic Amazonian plant mixture that has been used for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination. Many Western trained physicians and psychologists have acknowledged that this substance can allow access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, even mystical experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism. In Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca Ralph Metzner, a pioneer in the study of consciousness, has assembled a group of authoritative contributors who provide an exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca. He begins with more than 20 firsthand accounts from Westerners who have used ayahuasca and then presents the history, psychology, and chemistry of ayahuasca from leading scholars in the field of psychoactive research. He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine and psychology, and compares the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of Western cultures.
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Busted!
Drug War Survival Skills
By M. Chris Fabricant


More than anything, this book is hilarious. Any page you open to has a great anecdote. The book is also useful, not just for people that use or sell drugs, but for people that are around people that use or sell drugs. PARENTS: This means YOUR KIDS. If they go to an American high school or college, they're going to have friends that use drugs. Ultimately the book is a little frightening. The anecdotes, while individually funny, add up to one scary picture of the drug war. In this country, we lock up the people with a personal problem (call it a sickness or whatever) with people that are real criminals; we do it using methods that violate civil liberties in scary ways. The author knows his stuff. He's passionate. He's funny. He's a really good writer. This does indeed make a great gift, particularly with the great R. Crumb illustrations.
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Cannabis: A History
By Martin Booth


Quick? What do Napoleon's troops, Asian cooking, Armani jeans, the Gutenberg Bible and the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company have in common? According to British novelist Booth, all of these have used some part of the versatile cannabis plant. In this densely packed, wide-ranging history, Booth draws on religion, history, ecology, horticulture, linguistics, pop culture and medical research to correct the falsehoods surrounding the oft-banned plant and to painstakingly build his case that the war on cannabis has little to do with concerns for public health or order. Along the way, Booth introduces a dizzying parade of historical persons that includes visionaries, scientists, beatniks, farmers, artists, soldiers and smugglers. The book's attention to detail lures the reader ever more deeply into cannabis history. Descriptions of hip, mid-century New York, London and Amsterdam, for example, help illuminate the role of cannabis in more recent cultural movements. And a quick survey of the myths about the drug's psychological effects shows how laws banning cannabis were often used as an excuse to suppress blacks and migrant Mexican workers. Booth also discusses provocative legal, political and economic actions (for and against cannabis) that have affected millions of people. In his profile of a plant that can be an intoxicant, fiber, cooking ingredient, medicine and potential source of environmentally friendly products, he gives readers a fascinating sourcebook about "the most widely produced, trafficked and used illicit drug on earth."
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Heavenly Highs
By Peter Stafford


Heavenly Highs introduces the world of enthobotanicals used by shamans and psychedelic explorers. Included are explanations of DMT, found in psychedelic snuff; Amazonian ayahuasca, a bitter beverage that triggers visionary experiences with plant gods; Ibogain, a yellowish root ingested by indigenous peoples to achieve visionary experiences; and Belladona, Yohimbe, and Kava-Kava. Noted psychedelic scholar Peter Stafford profiles each group in detail. Photographs, illustrations, tables, and charts are included.
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The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants:
Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications
By Christian Ratsch


In the traditions of every culture, psychoactive plants- those known to transport the mind to other dimensions of consciousness- have been regarded as sacred. This book details the history, botany, and use of psychoactive plants and is lavishly illustrated with color photographs of the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactive plants. Christian Ratsch, Ph.D., is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants. He is the author of Marijuana Medicine and coauthor of Plants of the Gods, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas, and Witchcraft Medicine. He lives in Hamburg, Germany, and lectures around the world.
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Opium:
A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon
By Barbara Hodgson


Opium was first used in a surprising venue - religious ceremonies - but soon passed into common usage as a cure for various ailments during Victorian times; a resonant symbol of the romantic, dissolute East; and an inducer of fever dreams and worse in those who failed to resist its lure. This beautifully designed book captures the heady essence of opium history and culture. Drawing on memoirs, science, and travel books, Opium traces the changing image of the drug through artifacts and apparatus of its use; illustrations of opium dens in Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, Toulon, and Canton; portraits of drug-taking writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Théophile Gautier, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, and Graham Greene; lurid covers of 19th-century illustrated newspapers and 20th-century pulp-fiction drug titles; and stills from drug-related films that resonate with opium's insidious, enduring allure.
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Under The Influence:
The Disinformation Guide to Drugs


Despite the antidrug hysteria promoted by prohibitionists, drugs have been an inseparable aspect of life for thousands of years-curing disease, calming stress, easing pain, enhancing intelligence, opening the doors of perception and altering consciousness. So why is the "War on some drugs and users" underway? The answers can be found here. Decades of spending trillions of dollars while waging war on neighbors, friends and families have done nothing to eradicate drug use and abuse, but it has succeeded in overthrowing governments, tearing apart families and communities, and ensured the rise of international criminal cartels. This book explains how we came to this state of affairs and how we can bring about real reform. Bestselling writers, professional researchers, degenerate drug users and just plain folk offer fact-based alternatives to the propaganda of prohibitionist anti-drug warriors. Contributors include Tom Robbins, Paul Krassner, Rick Doblin, Mike Gray, Lonny Shavelson, Daniel Forbes, Steve Wishnia, Cynthia Cotts, Russ Kick, Dr. Stanislav Grof, Daniel Pinchbeck, Paul Armentano, Jacob Sullum, Peter Dale Scott and Robert Anton Wilson.
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Pharmako/Gnosis:
Plant Teachers and the Poison Path
By Dale Pendell


Contemporary alchemist Dale Pendell completes his poetic study of botany, chemistry, spirituality, psychology and history in a volume covering the composition and uses of visionary plants. Chapters including Phantastica, Hypnotica and Telephorica explore the hallucinogenic plants, the bringers of sleep and the bearers of distance. Pharmacognosis is the branch of pharmacology that deals with herbs and unprepared medicines in their natural state, those whose cure is held in a deeper wisdom. Pharmako/Gnosis weaves together ancient shamanic rites, historic cultural lore and the contemporary use of plant poisons. "Pendell's ongoing subjects are the botanical 'allies' humans have always associated with, and the 'pharmakon,' the drug that is both poison and cure. A poet, ethnobotanist and amateur chemist, he's the best writer on drugs to come along since the late Terence McKenna." -Richard Gehr, The Village Voice
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Marijuana, Pot, Cannabis

Ask Ed: Marijuana Law:
Don't Get Busted
By Ed Rosenthal


Don't become another statistic in the Federal Government's War on Drugs. This book sorts out the legal issues and helps even the most casual users protect their rights. In depth discussions on drug testing are featured, including how the tests work and how to prepare for them. Also, learn what the police look for in a search, when those searches are permissible, and how to avoid being unfairly incriminated. This book is a combination of legal information supplemented with insider tips from Ed Rosenthal's popular "Ask Ed" column. As Rosenthal advises - "read the book BEFORE you encounter difficulties - then lend it to a friend."
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The Best of Ask Ed:
Your Marijuana Questions Answered
By Ed Rosenthal


Ed Rosenthal has long been considered the best source for reliable information about growing the controversial weed. This volume, based on his "Ask Ed" column, collects hundreds of readers actual questions and tips on all the major concerns about cultivation, plus topics like pot etiquette, medical marijuana, and political activism. Questions are organized from seed to harvest, and cover hydroponics, lighting, nutrients, cloning, and many more topics in detail. Illustrations, tables, and a thorough index help readers quickly find the information they need.
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The Cannabis Companion:
The Ultimate Guide to Connoisseurship
By Steven Wishnia


This innovative, one-of-a-kind compendium is decidedly upscale. It treats cannabis as just another fine thing to be savored, like a great wine, good cigar, gourmet chocolate, or single malt scotch. Author Steven Wishnia, a former senior editor at High Times, America's most popular counterculture magazine, divulges everything the aspiring connoisseur needs to know, including the long history of cannabis and its biochemical properties, the best vineyards, step-by-step diagrams on crafting joints, smoking etiquette, and a top 20 list of the very best strains, complete with tasting notes.
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Cannabible
By Jason King


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 kind 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.
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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Cannabis
By Nick Brownlee


The Illustrated Guide to Cannabis provides all the information you need about the drug seen by some as a menace to society and by others as a useful source of fiber, food, and medicine. This book offers the reader the chance not only to understand the drug, but to see the arguments for and against from all walks of our society.
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The Emperor Wears No Clothes:
The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana
By Jack Herer


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Understanding Marijuana:
A New Look at the Scientific Evidence
By Mitchell Earleywine


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Psychedelics & Hallucinogens

Breaking Open the Head:
Psychedelic Journey into Contemporary Shamanism
By Daniel Pinchbeck


NOW IN PAPERBACK! While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. This book is a passionate personal inquiry into this deep division. It tells of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a recording of the author's investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a 30-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an encounter with the shamans of South American; and a report from the psychedelic utopia that is Burning Man. A vivid account of experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed the transformation from a jaded journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos.
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LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process
By De Rios, Janiger

In 1954 a Los Angeles psychiatrist began experimenting with LSD-25. Over an eight-year period Dr. Oscar Janiger gave LSD to more than 950 people from all walks of life. The data collected by the author during those trials and from follow-up studies done 40 years later is now available here for the first time, along with the authors' examination of LSD's ramifications on creativity, imagination, and spirituality. In this book Marlene Dobkin de Rios, a medical anthropologist who has studied the use of hallucinogens in tribal and third world societies, considers the spiritual implications of these findings in comparison with indigenous groups that employ psychoactive substances in their religious ceremonies. The book also examines the nature of the creative process as influenced by psychedelics and provides artwork and poetry from the original experiment sessions.
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Ayahuasca Reader:
Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine
By Luis Eduardo Luna

Ayahuasca is a sacred drink used for millennia by numerous indigenous groups primarily in the Upper Amazon and Orinoco basins for divination, healing, and other cosmogonic/shamanic purposes. The AYAHUASCA READER is a panorama of texts translated from nearly a dozen languages on the ayahuasca experience. These include indigenous mythic narratives and testimonies, religious hymns, as well as narratives related by western travelers, scientists, and writers who have had contact with ayahuasca in different contexts. Some of the material in this Reader has been published before in difficult to find journals and books in a variety of languages.
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Psychedelic Shamanism:
By Jim Dekorne


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Divining Ecstasy
Magical and Mystical Essence of Salvia Divinorum
By Sean Shayan


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DMT:
The Spirit Molecule
By Rick Strassman


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Animals and Psychedelics:
The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness
By Giorgio Samorini


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The Psychedelic Experience:
A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
By Timothy Leary


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The Politics of Ecstasy
By Timothy Leary


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High Priest
By Timothy Leary


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Your Brain Is God
By Timothy Leary


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Psychedelics Encyclopedia
By Peter Stafford


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Tripping:
Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures
By Charles Hayes


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Magic Mushrooms
By Peter Stafford


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Mushrooms and Mankind:
The Impact of Mushrooms on Human Consciousness and Religion
By James Arthur


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Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy
By Clark Heinrich


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The Archaic Revival:
Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms...
By Terence K. McKenna


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The Psychedelic Sacrament:
Manna, Meditation, and Mystical Experience
By Daniel Merkur


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Moksha:
Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience
By Aldous Huxley


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Designer Drugs

Ketamine:
Dreams and Realities
By Karl Jansen


Ketamine: Dreams and Realities is a non-biased and comprehensive overview of the drug ketamine. It covers everything from its recreational use in the dance community, its use as an adjunct to psychotherapy as an aid in overcoming chemical dependency and alcoholism, to the types of mystical experiences induced by ketamine. This book includes information on the possible benfits and dangers of ketamine use along with an authoratative treatment plan for individuals who become addicted to the drug. It is wealth of information for both laypersons and medical professionals alike.
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Ecstasy:
Dance, Trance, Transformation
By Nicholas Saunders


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The Little Book of Ketamine
By Kit Kelly


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Opiates, Narcotics

In the Arms of Morpheus:
The Tragic History of Laudanum, Morphine, and Patent Medicines
By Barbara Hodgson


The shocking story of how a simple but bewitching substance, touted as a miracle drug, enslaved unwitting generations of 19th century writers, artists and ordinary citizens. Extracted from opium, the sap of the poppy, this popular drug was welcomed into the homes of rich and poor alike, in the guise of medicinal uses in the form of laudanum and opium elixirs, and as pure, undisguised morphine. Laudanum contained opium, saffron, cinnamon and alcohol. In the spirit of 19th century progress, other opium concoctions were created and a whole industry in quackery erupted. In both Britain and North America, opium was mixed with everything imaginable: mercury, hashish, cayenne pepper, ether, chloroform, belladonna and whisky, sherry, wine and brandy. This book examines how the drinking of laudanum for medical reasons developed and how it became an everyday safeguard against pain, poverty, and boredom. Thoroughly researched and copiously illustrated with photographs, engravings, advertisements, movie stills, pulp magazine and dime novel covers and paraphernalia, this continues the history of opium's emergence as an omnipresent and sometimes devastating influence.
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The Little Book of Opium
By Debra Moraes


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This is Heroin
By Robert Ashton


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The Heroin User's Handbook
By Francis Moraes


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Heroin
By Humberto Fernandez


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Stimulants

Pharmako/Dynamis
Stimulating Plants, Potions, & Herbcraft
By Dale Pendell


The long-awaited second volume by the author of Pharmako/Poeia explores the pharmacological, poetic, botanical, psychological, and sociological aspects of stimulants, hallucinogens, and other psychoactive plants. Pharmacognosy is the study of the composition, production, use, and history of drugs of natural origin. Pendell covers these topics and more in this volume, charting a voyage around the world of plant teachers. Through poetry, chemistry, and a generous sprinkling of arcane lore, Pendell weaves and twists the many threads of tradition into a singularly bewitching brew.
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This is Cocaine
By Nick Constable


Frank and unbiased, This is Cocaine looks at the drug's curious history, the extraordinary world of drug lords and traffickers, and the politics of its production. Above all, it explains the science of cocaine addiction, the health implications, and ways in which users can minimize the risk of using it.
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Cocaine:
An Unauthorized Biography
By Dominic Streatfeild


Dominic Streatfeild examines the story of cocaine from its first medical uses to the worldwide chaos it causes today. His research takes him from the arcane reaches of the British Library to crack houses in New York to the jungles of Peru and Colombia. Along the way he speaks to some of the thousands involved in the trade: economists, scientists, botanists, lawmen, historians and traffickers, creating what is by far the most definitive history of a white powder worth more than its weight in gold.
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White Lines:
Writers on Cocaine
By Stephen Hyde


Blow, candy, Charlie, coke, go, ice, rock, snow, crack. Whatever you call it, thrill seekers have surrendered to cocaine's siren call, paid their toll, and sold their souls. Its embrace can be deadly, a place of no return, the ultimate rush, public enemy number one. From the gutter to the penthouse, inner city to outer burb, from the Third World coca farmer to the executive addict, coke is the lifeblood of a global black economy and an outlaw underground. Coke has also been dark muse, torment, and theme to many of our greatest writers. White Lines gathers these literary thrill seekers in a classic and contemporary snort through the fog- and fear-filled streets of Victorian London to the dance macabre of the post-Vietnam culture of the 1970s, from the couch of Dr. Freud and the bacchanal of Mr. Magus, Aleister Crowley, to the narcotic thrill of fin de siecle casino capitalism, White Lines takes you into illicit and artificial worlds, near wild heavens and then deep, down underground. Selections from writers like Irvine Welsh, Bret Easton Ellis, William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Kim Wozencraft, Terry Southern, Sigmund Freud, Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Biskind, and Julia Phillips are featured.
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Absinthe

Absinthe: Sip of Seduction:
A Contemporary Guide
By Wittels, Hermesch, Breaux


Take an intimate look into the contemporary world of absinthe. International in scope, this book is a visually rich journey into an alluring subculture. Punctuated with color reproductions of classic and current lithographs, posters, postcards, cartoons, antiques, glassware, bottles, and other tools of the absinthe drinker, this new and thorough study explains and illustrates the history, culture, and mystique of the drink known as the Green Fairy. In addition to the customary glimpses of history, the authors provide insights into the controversy and effects of the Green Fairy through the stories of famous connoisseurs such as Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. However, consumption and enjoyment of absinthe is not just relegated to history. Confirmed absinthe drinkers, neophytes, the curious, and collectors will all find this book equally intriguing and seductive.
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The Book of Absinthe: A Cultural History
By Phil Baker


Absinthe, La Fee Verte (or "The Green Fairy"), has intoxicated artists, poets, and writers ever since the late 18th century. Stories abound of absinthe's sensations of mood lift and inspiration due to the presence of wormwood, its infamous "special" ingredient, which ultimately leads to delirium, homicidal mania, and death. Opening with the sensational 1905 Absinthe Murders, Baker offers a cultural history of absinthe, from its modest origins as an herbal tonic through its luxuriantly morbid heyday in the late 19th century. Chronicling a cast of historical characters who often died young, the absinthe scrapbook includes Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley, Arthur Machen, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and others. Along with discussing the rituals and modus operandi of absinthe drinking, Baker reveals the recently discovered pharmacology of how real absinthe actually works on the nervous system, and he tests the various real and fake absinthe products that are available overseas.
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Absinthe
History in a Bottle
By Barnaby Conrad


Few drinks conjure the cultural associations and charged atmospheres that absinthe does, even now, some 70 years after its ban in Europe and the U.S. Freelance writer Conrad sees absinthe "as a skeleton key to the fin de siecle's secrets." An engaging combination of art history, sociology, travelogue and artists' biography, this clever hybrid recounts both the praise heaped upon the alcoholic beverage and the tales of destroyed creativity and absinthe-related violence that led to its prohibition. Turn-of-the-century Paris comes alive, as does its expatriate society of the '20s. Oil paintings, etchings and artifacts with absinthe themes by Manet, Van Gogh, Lautrec and others adorn the pages, and quotes and anecdotes about the green liqueur by Wilde, Baudelaire and Hemingway fill the well-researched text. More sober chapters include "The Origins of Ancient and Modern Absinthe" and "Absinthe and Politics," which links certain temperance movements to anti-Semitism. Like its subject, this volume is addictive and enchanting.
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Drug Spirituality and Religion

Zig Zag Zen
By Allan Hunt Badiner, Alex Grey, Huston Smith


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Food of the Gods:
The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge:
A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
By Terence McKenna


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Plants of the Gods:
Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers
By Richard Evans Schultes


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Entheogens and the Future of Religion
By Robert Forte


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Stairways to Heaven:
Drugs in American Religious History
By Robert C. Fuller


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The Mystery of Manna:
The Psychedelic Sacrament of the Bible
By Daniel Merkur


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Cleansing the Doors of Perception:
The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals
By Huston Smith


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Other

Buzzed:
The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy
By Cynthia Kuhn

The groundbreaking original edition of Buzzed has sold over 60,000 copies and now the authors have revised and updated it to include the most recent discoveries about drugs. This scientifically accurate and easy-to-read handbook gives the most balanced, objective information available on the most often used and abused drugs, from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine to heroin, ecstasy, and Special K. In both quick-reference summaries and in-depth analysis, it reports on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the kinds of "high" they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly. Neither a "just say no" treatise nor a "how-to" manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make healthier decisions when they "just say know"- when they understand in straightforward language how our complex brains really work and why even small doses of various substances can have such powerful (and sometimes life-threatening) effects.
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From Chocolate to Morphine:
Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs
By Winifred Rosen

Since drug use has occurred throughout history and within most cultures, the authors in this updated edition of their original work believe that "education based on truthful information is the only solution to the drug problem." In straightforward language, Weil and Rosen distinguish between drug use and drug abuse and stress the importance of developing a "good relationship" with drugs. Because the authors do not condemn drug use (legal or illegal), their volume may be considered unorthodox by some. Each chapter deals with a specific class of drugs, such as stimulants, depressants, and psychedelics, and describes the different effects of drugs in each category. At the end of each chapter are some precautions for using those drugs and also suggested readings for more information.
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Saying Yes:
In Defense of Drug Use
By Jacob Sullum

Opponents of the "war on drugs" have long focused on the distinction between drug use and drug abuse; that distinction is at the heart of Sullum's provocative and impeccably reasoned new title. Our expensive and ineffectual drug war, Sullum says, is predicated on a fundamental misconception that drugs are inherently "bad." Politicians and the media perpetuate the stereotype of the desperate, violent druggie, while the average user looks nothing like that, Sullum says- just as the typical drinker bears little resemblance to a wino passed out in the gutter. He describes the billionaire insurance executive who's also a "functioning pothead," the neuroscientist who enjoys MDMA at social events and the woman who likes a bit of heroin before cleaning house. Most people understand that alcohol can be dangerous if used to excess, but alcohol in and of itself does not "compel immoral behavior." Why, Sullum asks, is that not the case for marijuana, cocaine and heroin? He labels the vilification of certain drugs over others (like alcohol, nicotine and caffeine) "voodoo pharmacology."
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Pharmako/Poeia:
Plants Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft
By Dale Pendell

Pharmacopoeia, according to Webster, is an authoritative book containing a list and description of drugs and medicinal products together with the standards established under law for their production, dispensation, and use. Pendell's two-part title, Pharmako/Poeia, reflects what he calls the "twin poles" of his explorations in pharmacology and poetics. It's a book about the interplay of plants, insects, animals, and humans, and it suggests how toxins shaped ecological systems. It's also about the people who for thousands of years investigated the properties of plants and learned to use them for healing, for their effects on the mind, and for poisons. Pendell writes about such topics as tobacco, opium, beer, wine, alcohol, and kava, exploring their history, taxonomy, pharmacology, and effects. The book contains a prodigious amount of scholarly and technical detail, yet Pendell writes with wit and inventiveness. Engaging black-and-white illustrations and provocative quotes complement the text.
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Drugs & Magic
By George C. Andrews


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Practical Handbook of Plant Alchemy:
An Herbalist's Guide to Preparing Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs
By Manfred M. Junius


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Pills a Go Go:
Fiendish Investigation into Pill Marketing, Art, History, and Consumption
By Jim Hogshire


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Artificial Paradises:
A Drugs Reader
By Mike Jay


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