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Psychoactive Sacramentals: Essays on Entheogens and Religion
by Thomas B. Roberts (ed.)
Publisher:
Council on Spiritual Practices 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Scotto
4/27/2005

Psychoactive Sacramentals is the latest book in CSP’s Entheogen Project Series, a set of books that includes the frustrating anthology, Entheogens and the Future of Religion, and Huston Smith’s important collection of essays, Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals. The Chicago Theological Seminary and CSP held a conference in 1995, inviting “theologians, ... [ read more ]

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Changing My Mind, Among Others
by Timothy Leary
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Trade 
Year:
1982 
Reviewed by Flamoot
4/25/2005

Changing My Mind, Among Others is a selection of the irrepressible Tim Leary’s “Lifetime writings, selected and introduced by the author”. Its themes move from psychology to brain change to religious experience to politics to psychedelic sci-fi futurism. In many places it can be a hard slog and the ideas presented go on at length, usually delving into ... [ read more ]

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The Answer to the Question
by Fred C. May Jr
Publisher:
Trafford Publishing 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Erowid
1/31/2005

A short booklet (published on-demand) reminiscent of daily meditation books. Includes grouped concepts and quotes under headings such as “Knowledge and Truth”, “Wholeness” or “Epiphany”. For those who enjoy interesting thoughts to ponder about the nature of being human, whether sober, in meditation, or in other altered states. [ read more ]

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Recreational Drugs
by Harry Shapiro
Publisher:
Salamander Books 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Erowid
1/29/2005

Covers most of the mainstream recreational drugs with a 2-4 page summary for each. On the more accurate side for books of this type, though a number of errors can still be found. The tone is relatively neutral, avoiding the hyperbole of more anti-drug authors. A little uninspiring, with little new information for anyone knowledgeable in the field, but in ... [ read more ]

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Mezcal
by Jorge Quiroz Marquez
Publisher:
Universidad Jose Vasconcelos de Oaxaca 
Year:
1997 
Reviewed by Erowid
1/29/2005

A short and concise summary of information about mezcal. Includes some nice photos, a brief history of mezcal, modern cultural ties, production information, and recipes. [ read more ]

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Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs
by Paul Krassner (ed.)
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Erowid
1/27/2005

A fun collection of trip reports, weighted heavily towards the silly and absurd rather than the serious. The generally 1-2 page stories are organized by substance (mostly psychedelics) and provide a sense of the experiences to be had with psychoactives. [ read more ]

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Eden
by Ken Wisman
Publisher:
AuthorHouse 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Erowid
11/3/2004

A surprisingly nice attempt at integrating psychedelic concepts into a sci-fi/fantasy novel. Wisman alternates between telling the story of Eden, and occasionally breaking out to write about his own use of “a powerful chemical substance”. He never names this psychedelic material, but describes his frequent work with it and the thoughts and philosophical meanderings he experienced while under its effects, ... [ read more ]

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The Marijuana Question
by Helen C. Jones & Paul W. Lovinger
Publisher:
Dodd, Mead and Co. 
Year:
1985 
Reviewed by Erowid
8/29/2004

The Marijuana Question purports to be a summary of what “scientists” have found about the health risks of marijuana. Unfortunately their biases get in the way of scientific neutrality. The book is well-written and well-documented, but presents a very one-sided argument in which the conclusions are foregone. Research which supports their conclusion is lauded and made to look definitive while ... [ read more ]

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