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Peyote and Magic Mushrooms
by Sandra Lee Smith
Publisher:
The Rosen Publishing Group 
Year:
1995 
Reviewed by Erowid
11/14/2003

Oh my god, this is one of the worst psychoactive-related books that I’ve ever seen. If it weren’t sitting here in my hands in hardcover print, I’d assume it was a bad usenet post. The entire book is preachy, uninformed, and filled with errors. It weaves a strange description of peyote, psilocybe mushrooms, and Amanita muscaria mushrooms where the boundaries ... [ read more ]

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LSD The Age of Mind
by Bernard Roseman
Publisher:
Wilshire Book Co 
Year:
1963, 1966 
Reviewed by Erowid
11/2/2003

An interesting historical look at the type of information that was publicly available about psychedelics in the early 1960s. In addition to the main text, it also contains short sections on peyote (and religious freedom issues involved with its use by the Native American Church), mescaline, Amanita muscaria, carbon dioxide (carbogen), glue sniffing and a few more. [ read more ]

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Legalization: A Debate
by Eliot Marshall
Publisher:
Chelsea House 
Year:
1988 
Reviewed by Erowid
9/18/2003

This book takes a reasonably serious look at the debate over drug legalization. Unfortunately, the bias of the authors is quite apparent in the way they look at the debate. Rather than sticking to presenting the various sides of the existing debate, the authors come at the issue from the assumption that legalization is a bad idea and from this ... [ read more ]

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Psychoactive Sacramentals
by Thomas B. Roberts (ed.)
Publisher:
Council on Spiritual Practices 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by CB
8/1/2003

I have to admit. When I opened this book I was starting from a jaded point of view. I have read a lot of books on entheogens and it seems that there is little ground that has not been travelled when it comes to the intellectualisation of an experience that in all reality has little to do with intellectualisation.

As I ... [ read more ]

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Understanding Marijuana
by Mitch Earleywine
Publisher:
Oxford University Press 
Year:
2002 
Reviewed by Erowid
6/18/2003

A nice overview of the issues and controversy surrounding the use of cannabis. Understanding Marijuana addresses the evidence and current state of knowledge about issues such as cannabis history, gateway effect, impact on thought and memory, subjective effects, pharmacology, physical health effects, medical marijuana, social issues, law and policy, and treatment of problematic cannabis use. Earleywine cites resources and research ... [ read more ]

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Marijuana Alert
by Peggy Mann
Publisher:
McGraw Hill 
Year:
1985 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/24/2003

How can we save the world from the marijuana epidemic? Are we doomed? Marijuana Alert is an overly dramatic and alarmist piece about marijuana. What more can we expect from a book with a foreword by Nancy Reagan. Contains a one-sided look at the some of the research about Cannabis which is only worth perusing if you’re interested specifically in ... [ read more ]

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Sensual Drugs
by Hardin & Helen Jones
Publisher:
Cambridge Univ. Press 
Year:
1977,1979 
Reviewed by Erowid
2/24/2003

A contorted text which goes out of its way to try to show that even moderate recreational use of “sensual drugs” is more harmful than the medical use of the same substances. The authors define “sensual drugs” as those which “give the user a strong sense of pleasure”, including amphetamine, cocaine, opiates, alcohol, barbiturates, inhalants, LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and cannabis. ... [ read more ]

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Pharmakon
by Julian Vayne
Publisher:
Liminalspace Publications 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Erowid
2/22/2003

Pharmakon is an interesting analysis of the integration of psychoactive use as a part of occult practices; Cultivating the sense of magic all around through the altered states achieved by drug use (primarily hallucinogens). It is a wide-ranging (though somewhat loosely organized) and intelligently written book that should be interesting to anyone interested in the relationship between psychoactives and spirit, ... [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Underground Library
by Various Authors
Publisher:
Ronin Publishing 
Year:
1998 
Reviewed by Erowid
1/18/2003

This is a collection of nine small classic psychedelic and drug related books published between 1969 and 1983. It’s a nice inexpensive collection for those who want to have access to these texts in print form. Several of these texts are already available on the web. The included titles are:

The Book of Acid, by Adam Gottlieb
Peyote and Other Psychoactive Cacti, ... [ read more ]

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Pharmako/Dynamis: Stimulating Plants, Potions & Herbcraft
by Dale Pendell
Publisher:
Mercury House 
Year:
2002 
Reviewed by CB
1/14/2003

Dale has dazzled us again with the recent release of Pharmako/Dynamis. For all those enchanted by Dale’s first book, ‘Pharmako/Poeia’, do not read this review. Go and get the book. You will not be disappointed. Others of you who know little about Dale’s work… read on. [ read more ]

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