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Drawing It Out: Befriending the Unconscious
by Sherana Harriette Frances
Publisher:
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by dogbreth
3/25/2006

In 1963, Harriette Frances went to the International Foundation for Advanced Study in Menlo Park, California, to explore whether a legal substance being used at that time for psychotherapy could straighten out or enrich her life. She had been suffering from serious depression and had attempted to commit suicide. This mother/wife/artist was desperate, yet also searching for something ... [ read more ]

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The Secret Chief Revealed: Conversations with Leo Zeff, Pioneer in the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement
by Myron J. Stolaroff
Publisher:
MAPS 
Year:
2005 
Reviewed by dogbreth
3/10/2006

A quick read loaded with insights, The Secret Chief Revealed serves multiple purposes effectively. The actual “text” of the conversations is less than 100 pages, but the introductions, forward, prologue, tribute, epilogue, appendixes, additional tributes, and a special section devoted to resources, introduce the reader to some of the main personalities involved in psychedelic research, and extend the book ... [ read more ]

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Busted! Drug War Survival Skills
by M. Chris Fabricant
Publisher:
HarperCollins 
Year:
2005 
Reviewed by Midevil
3/2/2006

An illustrated pocket-sized book on how to deal with being the underdog in the war on drugs in America, Busted provides tips on how to avoid cops, observations of a variety of situations with the law (most gone bad) and useful charts, such as how long you’ll do time if you’re caught with weed in Arizona as opposed to Michigan. ... [ read more ]

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Ayahuasca Analogues: Pangaean Entheogens
by Jonathan Ott
Publisher:
Natural Products Company 
Year:
1994 
Reviewed by Justin Case
2/11/2006

Ayahuasca Analogues is certainly not light reading, although it is a slim book of a mere 127 pages. As those who appreciate the writings of Jonathan Ott would expect, this book is dense with information: detailed, technical, extensive, and thorough, for those who want to know all there is to know about the history, pharmacology and pharmacognacy ... [ read more ]

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Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics
by Charles S. Grob & Roger Walsh, editors
Publisher:
State University of New York Press 
Year:
2005 
Reviewed by Lorenzo
2/6/2006

If I were to teach a course about psychedelics, the first book I would have my students read is Higher Wisdom. Edited by Roger Walsh and Charles Grob, this gem of a book provides in-depth interviews with fourteen psychedelic luminaries. Collectively, their published books, papers, lectures, and research reports would take up a significant amount of shelf space.

Fortunately for those ... [ read more ]

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O Uso Ritual da Ayahuasca (The Ritual Use of Ayahuasca)
by Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Wladimyr Sena Araújo (Eds.)
Publisher:
Mercado de Letras 
Year:
2002 
Reviewed by Jimmy Weiskopf
1/31/2006

While studies of indigenous use of the psychotropic drink ayahuasca (or yajé) in the Spanish-speaking countries of the Amazon region have resulted in an impressive bibliography over the past few decades, relatively little has been published to date about equivalent practices in Brazil. This gap has now been filled by an anthology in Portuguese of 26 essays by ... [ read more ]

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Voices From The Farm: Adventures In Community Living
by Rupert Fike, editor
Publisher:
The Book Publishing Co. 
Year:
1998 
Reviewed by Scotto
1/20/2006

In 1970, counterculture guru Stephen Gaskin led a cross-country caravan of hundreds of hippies from San Francisco to Tennessee, where they established The Farm, an influential commune that still exists today. During its heyday, The Farm was a nexus for idealistic pioneers, spiritual seekers, and troubled souls for whom the standard script of American life was no longer adequate.

Voices ... [ read more ]

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Enzyklopädie der psychoaktiven Pflanzen: Botanik, Ethnopharmakologie und Anwendung
by Christian Rätsch
Publisher:
AT Verlag 
Year:
1998 
Reviewed by Jonathan Ott
1/8/2006

Smythe-sewn hardcover; 941 pp.; 32 pp. index; 27 pp. bibliography with 1059 citations, 5 pp. mushroom bibliography with 178 citations plus bibliographies to individual articles; 8 pp. botanical systematics appendix. Foreword by Albert Hofmann, p. 6.

The long-awaited publication of Christian Rätsch’s Enzyklopädie der psychoaktiven Pflanzen is a major publishing event for ethnopharmacognosists as well as psychonauts, to both of which ... [ read more ]

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From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs
by Andrew Weil & Winifred Rosen
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Co 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Midevil
12/20/2005

As the title states, the latest edition of From Chocolate to Morphine is an easy to read and informative guide to drugs of all kinds. From beginning to end, the authors maintain the approach of providing the facts about drugs while explaining relevant terms and presenting first hand experiences of drug use. Each chapter deals with an issue ... [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Chemistry
by Michael Valentine Smith
Publisher:
Loompanics Unlimited 
Year:
1973,1981 
Reviewed by Merlyn
12/8/2005

Psychedelic Chemistry has been a long standing favorite, a must for every clandestine chemist’s bookshelf for decades. It was first published in the seventies, with the most recent edition appearing in 1981. While a lot has transpired in psychoactive chemistry since then, with PIHKAL and TIHKAL taking notable preeminence among such books, Michael Valentine Smith’s Psychedelic Chemistry nevertheless towers over ... [ read more ]