By Dale Pendell

This can be the 1st quantity of North Atlantic Books’ up to date paperback variation of Dale Pendell’s Pharmako trilogy, an encyclopedic research of the historical past and makes use of of psychoactive vegetation and comparable synthetics first released among 1995 and 2005. The books shape an interrelated suite of works that supply the reader with a special, trustworthy, and infrequently own immersion during this medically, culturally, and spiritually interesting topic. All 3 books are superbly designed and illustrated, and are written with remarkable authority, erudition, playfulness, and diversity.

Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft incorporates a new advent through the writer and as in earlier variations specializes in universal psychoactive plant-derived components and comparable synthetics, starting from the licit (tobacco, alcohol) to the illicit (cannabis, opium) and the unique (absinthe, salvia divinorum, nitrous oxide). every one substance is explored intimately, not just with info on its background, pharmacology, training, and cultural and esoteric correspondences, but additionally the subtleties of every plant’s impression on realization in a fashion that basically poets can do. the entire concoction is sprinkled with ample quotations from well-known writers, making a literary brew as intoxicating as its subject.

The Pharmako sequence is sustained in Pharmako/Dynamis (focusing on stimulants and empathogens) and Pharmako/Gnosis (which addresses psychedelics and shamanic plants).

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Taxonomy The two cultivated species are Nicotiana tabacum and N. rusticum. Both of these species are tetraploids, the result of a fertile hybrid between two wild species sometime in antiquity, evidently in the Andean region of South America. Almost all American and European commercial tobaccos are Nicotiana tabacum. There are some five dozen wild species of Nicotiana, three-quarters of them native to the Americas. glauca, N. sylvestris, N. trigonophylla, N. attenuata, N. bigelovii, and N. petunioides.

Mercury is the wheel of motion in the Sulphur. —Jacob Bohme, Signatura Rerum As for our mercury, never forget that though it is most essential for our work and much beloved, it contains a subtle poison. Both Bohme and Paracelsus agree on this point. Paracelsus adds that it is the work of the alchemist to separate the poison from the arcanum. The poison attacks the fixed properties (themselves moribund poisons) and dissolves them. Poison is antidote and antidote poison. When everything fixed and i6 POWER PLANTS dissoluble is dissolved, continued cooking yields the salt.

Tobacco is the muscle. Maybe the mushrooms or the little leaves of the Shepherdess will give you the seeing, but you need tobacco for the muscle, to clean the sickness out. And the best part is, for a shaman, that tobacco doesn't waste a lot of time. A busy person needs that, needs an ally who doesn't take all day just to answer a question. You want poison? You got it. Divination Almost all of the early accounts of Indian tobacco use published by Europeans mention its use in divination: in capnomancy spodomancy, and, through the trance state, oneiromancy.

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