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Maximizing Harm: Losers and Winners in the Drug War
by Stephen Young
Publisher:
Writer's Showcase Press 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Scotto
11/15/2005

After spending enough time identifying yourself as a member of the “psychedelic community” at large, you begin to take for granted the fact that the war on drugs is an awful monstrosity. You get used to the numbing barrage of horror stories that seem to pour through news outlets on a regular basis. You nod cynically and get ... [ read more ]

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The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience
by Benny Shanon
Publisher:
Oxford University Press 
Year:
2002 
Reviewed by John Horgan
11/2/2005

Benny Shanon’s The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience is one of the most compelling books on altered states I’ve read, up there with James’s Varieties of Religious Experience, Huxley’s Doors of Perception (to which Shanon’s title alludes) and PIHKAL and TIHKAL by Ann and Alexander Shulgin. Unlike, say, the psychedelic performance artist Terence McKenna ... [ read more ]

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Eating the Flowers of Paradise
by Kevin Rushby
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press 
Year:
1999 
Reviewed by Jon
10/21/2005

In Eating the Flowers of Paradise, Kevin Rushby tells the story of an epic trip—not just a tale of a literal intoxication, but of an emotional and intellectual obsession. A decade following a job teaching English in the Yemeni city of San’a, where Rushby first enjoyed qat, he decides to return to Yemen by way of Ethiopia, where the drug ... [ read more ]

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LSD: My Problem Child
by Albert Hofmann
Publisher:
J.P. Tarcher, Inc. 
Year:
1979 
Reviewed by Harley
10/14/2005

LSD: My Problem Child is a wonderful guided tour through the history of LSD and the very thoughts of Dr. Hofmann. The book covers the discovery of the compound, its use in early psychiatry, and its later use in the counter culture. He also presents a great deal of information about his early experiments on animals, himself, and his ... [ read more ]

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In The Magic Land Of Peyote
by Fernando Benitez
Publisher:
University of Texas Press 
Year:
1975 
Reviewed by LaMalice
10/7/2005

In The Magic Land Of Peyote is a pioneering journey into the heart of the most iconic peyote-lovers and peyote-worshippers Indians of Mexico : the Huichols. Fernando Benitez is a leading Mexican anthropologist, author of the reference Los Indios de Mexico, and was one of the very first to experience the annual Huichol pilgrimage to the mountains of north-eastern ... [ read more ]

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Chaos, Creativity And Cosmic Consciousness
by Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham
Publisher:
Park Street Press 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Tonx
9/29/2005

What happens when chaos theorist Ralph Abraham, morphogenetic fields theorist Rupert Sheldrake and entheoprovocateur Terence McKenna get together to talk shop? A surprisingly lucid trialogue of crosspollinating far-flung speculation on the nature of reality, consciousness, the imagination and human destiny.

Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness (earlier published as Trialogues at the Edge of the West) is edited from transcripts of a ... [ read more ]

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Cannabis: From Pariah to Prescription
by Ethan Russo
Publisher:
Haworth Press 
Year:
2003 
Reviewed by Midevil
9/23/2005

Cannabis is a very thorough text describing research on cannabis extracts as part of modern prescription medicine. The clinical trials involved are meticulously outlined for the reader. The material highlights how much work and analysis goes into complex pharmaceutical testing. Along with the research, Russo has included some aspects of marijuana history. There are a couple ... [ read more ]

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Transfigurations
by Alex Grey
Publisher:
Inner Traditions 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by scotto
9/16/2005

I can still remember the party almost ten years ago at which I was first introduced to the visionary art work of Alex Grey. At the time, I was just getting my feet wet with psychedelics, as were a number of my friends, and we crowded around a copy of Sacred Mirrors, Grey’s first collection, and oooohed and ahhhhed ... [ read more ]

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Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: An Alternative Approach to Addictions
by Patt Denning
Publisher:
The Guilford Press 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Bruce Sewick
9/1/2005

Having read the reviews on Tatarsky’s Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, I was drawn to Denning’s book because it looked more like a “how to” text than a collection of case studies. This proved to be right, and the book is a good reference for those who need more of a “cookbook” approach. Denning’s approach, even when writing, is “clientcentered”. This book ... [ read more ]

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Ecstasy: The Complete Guide
by Julie Holland
Publisher:
Park Street Press 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Scotto
8/26/2005

Ecstasy: The Complete Guide is a mammoth, 400+ page anthology, whose subtitle – A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA – sets out the ambitious nature of the book’s scope. This extensive set of essays touches on nearly the gamut of issues surrounding Ecstasy in our society today, from a fundamental look at what is known ... [ read more ]

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