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By Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Christian Rätsch

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

• quite a few new and infrequent colour photos supplement the thoroughly revised and up-to-date textual content.

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

• Cross-referenced by way of plant, ailment, education, season of assortment, and chemical materials.

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 during the global and their value in shaping tradition and heritage. within the traditions of each tradition, vegetation were hugely valued for his or her nourishing, therapeutic, and transformative homes. the main strong of these crops, that are identified to move the human brain into different dimensions of realization, have consistently been considered as sacred. The authors aspect the makes use of of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites whereas delivering lucid causes of the biochemistry of those vegetation and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances linked to them. The textual content is lavishly illustrated with four hundred infrequent pictures of crops, humans, ceremonies, and paintings relating to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactive plant life.

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