Pharmako/Gnosis, Revised and Updated

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Pharmako/Gnosis, Revised and Updated

Plant Teachers and the Poison Path

By Dale Pendell

North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556438042, 408pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2010

Description
***This paperback edition has a new introduction by the author and updated content.
This is the third and final volume of North Atlantic Books updated paperback edition of Dale Pendell's "Pharmako" trilogy, an encyclopedic study of the history and uses of psychoactive plants and related synthetics first published between 1995 and 2005. The books form an interrelated suite of works that provide the reader with a unique, reliable, and often personal immersion in this medically, culturally, and spiritually fascinating subject. All three books are beautifully designed and illustrated, and are written with unparalleled authority, erudition, playfulness, and range.
"Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path" includes a new introduction by the author and as in previous editions focuses on plant-based and derivative psychedelic teachers (including ayahuasca, peyote, LSD, and DMT) and on the poison path of substances such as belladonna, ketamine, and ibogaine. Each substance is explored in detail, not only with information on its history, pharmacology, preparation, and cultural and esoteric correspondences, but also the subtleties of each plant's effect on consciousness in a way that only poets can do.The whole concoction is sprinkled with abundant quotations from famous writers, creating a literary brew as intoxicating as its subject.
The "Pharmako" series includes the predecessor volumes "Pharmako/Poeia" (which covers tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opiates, salvia divinorum, and other substances) and "Pharmako/Dynamis" (focusing on stimulants and empathogens).


About the Author
Plant student Dale Pendell established himself as one of the foremost popular exponents of shamanic ethnobotany with his unprecedented "Pharmako" trilogy. A noted poet, he was the founding editor of the avant-garde magazine "Kuksu" and a cofounder of the Primitive Arts Institute and has led workshops on ethnobotany and ethnopoetics for the Naropa Institute and the Omega Institute. Pendell was part of the Oracular Madness theme camp at Burning Man for a number of years (his book "Inspired Madness: The Gifts of Burning" "Man" was published by Frog Books in 2006). Also an experienced computer scientist, he lives with his wife Laura in California s Sierra foothills."


Praise For Pharmako/Gnosis, Revised and Updated

“Essential reading, a modern classic.”
—Stephen Silberman, Wired magazine
 
“The poet of plants . . . Pendell may be America’s answer to Blake, Coleridge,
and Wordsworth. . . .”
—Emily Green, Los Angeles Times
 
“Whereas all other drug encyclopaediaists are accompanied by excessive slyness, the seemingly free verse of Dale Pendell is constrained by compulsive accuracy, to paraphrase Zarathustra’s Hom Yost, by the (scruples) that drive forth truth.”
—David Flattery, author of Haoma and Harmaline
 
“A beat alchemist working textual DJ decks.”
—Erik Davis, Bookforum