Stimulating Plants, Potions and Herbcraft

Excitania and Empathogenica

By Dale Pendell
(North Atlantic Books, Hardcover, 9781556438882, 293pp.)

Publication Date: August 3, 2009

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This is the second volume of North Atlantic Books' hard cover 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/Dynamis: Stimulating Plants, Potions, and Herbcraft "focuses on stimulants (including coffee, tea, chocolate, and coca and its derivatives) and empathogens (notably Ecstasy). 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 also includes "Pharmako/Poeia "(which covers tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opiates, salvia divinorum, and other substances) and "Pharmako/Gnosis "(which addresses psychedelics and shamanic plants).

About the Author
Dale Pendell lives in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. He is founder and editor of Kuksu: A Journal of Backcountry Writing. His books include Pharmako/ Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path, The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse, WALKING WITH NOBBY: CONVERSATIONS WITH NORMAN O. BROWN (Mercury HousE, 2007), and SALTING THE BOUNDARIES (New Native Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in Rattling Wall, the West Marin Review, House Organ, Northwind Poets Anthology, the Journal of Interdimensional Poetry, Erowid Extracts, Open to All (What the Library Means to Me), Der Sanitater, and It Calls from the Creek, an Art-OnSite installation.
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