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Opium for the Masses:
by Jim Hogshire
Publisher:
Loompanics Unlimited 
Year:
1994 
ISBN:
1559501146 
Categories:
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Reviewed by Erowid, 5/28/1998

This well known guide to growing poppies and extracting opium presents useful information in a format and style accessible to just about everyone. I’m disappointed that there’s no footnotes or references, though there is a brief bibliography. Useful as a basic source of information about opium and poppies, but doesn’t go into great depth in any particular area.

2 Comments »

  1. I BOUGHT THE BOOK RECENTLY AND WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THE ‘LIGHTWEIGHT’ NATURE OF THE BOOK, ESPECIALLY AS THERE IS A NEED FOR A COMPREHENSIVE, MODERN BOOK ON OPIUM USE.

    Comment by victor lederle — 11/6/2005 @ 9:28 am

  2. A good book for poppy growers and making poppy head tea which compares not with real opium. The author seemed to have little knowledge of opium per se.

    He downplayed the gravity of addiction and in chapter 13 he suggests that a 16 oz. cup of poppy head tea contains (the alkaloid equivalent of) a gram and a half of opium. This information could be misleading as a gram and a half of the old Persian opium, legal in Iran under the Shah would easily have caused an overdose with most neophytes and anyone else not possessing an acquired tolerance to opiates. And there are opium strains substantially stronger than the Persian variety.

    He also seemed to have little knowledge of the pharmaceutical semisynthetics and synthetics listed in the book. And finally a warning about the possibility of toxic chemical coatings on store bought dried poppies would have been useful. I found out the hard way.

    Comment by Carl L — 8/22/2008 @ 10:57 pm

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