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Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered
by Lester Grinspoon & James B. Bakalar
Publisher:
The Lindesmith Center 
Year:
1997 
Reviewed by JF
6/24/2001

After nearly 20 years, Grinspoon and Bakalar’s Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered remains a valuable reference work on the subject of entheogenic drugs. After too long a period out of print, it has been republished by the Lindesmith Center, the first in a series of reprints of classic works on drug policy for which I, for one, have high hopes. [ read more ]

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The Essential Psychedelic Guide
by D.M. Turner
Publisher:
Panther Press 
Year:
1994 
Reviewed by JF
6/24/2001

Turner’s slim volume is not entirely without its merits. Foremost among these is the extremely personal nature of the narrative. [...] But the personal, even idiosyncratic nature of “The Essential Psychedelic Guide” is a double-edged sword. Turner’s style occasionally degenerates from the agreeably informal to the inappropriately casual… [ read more ]

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Secret Chief
by Myron J. Stolaroff
Publisher:
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies 
Year:
1997 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/5/2001

The Secret Chief is an edited interview between Myron Stolaroff and a man referred to as “Jacob” – the ‘Secret Chief’ – who performed psychedelic psycho-spiritual therapy with 3,000 people between the 60’s and his death in the late 80’s.

The book offers a frank discussion between two experienced psychedelicists about the processes Jacob developed over his many years leading people ... [ read more ]

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Secret Chief
by Myron J. Stolaroff
Publisher:
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies 
Year:
1997 
Reviewed by Douglas Aanes
3/5/2001

Imagine going for a session with your therapist. He reminds you of the structure of the session. You have brought the family pictures you were assigned to bring. The therapist offers you a ritual cup with your potion for the day. After drinking the potion you retire to a comfortable sofa and don the earphones to listen to music ... [ read more ]

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Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts
by Lynn Zimmer & John P. Morgan
Publisher:
Lindesmith Center 
Year:
1997 
Reviewed by Kymmco
3/5/2001

Marijuana is highly addictive. Marijuana is a gateway drug. Marijuana is more potent today than in the past. [...] Zimmer and Morgan devote a chapter to each of these ‘marijuana myths’ in which they examine the existing scientific evidence to see whether these assertions hold true. Their conclusion, on almost all counts, is a resounding no. [ read more ]

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Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House
by Matthew Collin
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail 
Year:
1998 
Reviewed by Kymmco
3/5/2001

Music and drugs have been intertwined in countless cultures over the ages. Youth cultures in the US and Europe have played out this dynamic over and over again in the past decades: the psychedelic movement produced psychedelic rock, reggae music celebrated the marijuana plant, and grunge supposedly glamorized heroin. One of the most striking recent partnerships of drug scene and music scene, that between Ecstasy and Acid House, is chronicled in the illuminating new book Altered State, by Matthew Collin. [ read more ]

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Ecstasy: Its History and Lore
by Miriam Joseph
Publisher:
Carlton Books 
Year:
2000 
Reviewed by Erowid
2/27/2001

The text of the book varies from very good to spotty. [...] The target audience of the book is the mainstream audience of folks who are looking for a short overview of information on ecstasy. For that, the tone is level headed and the information clearly stated. [ read more ]

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Buzzed
by Cynthia Kuhn; Scott Swartzwelder; Wilkie Wilson
Publisher:
W.W. Norton & Co. 
Year:
1998 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/27/2000

When we received a copy of the first edition of this book, we were disappointed by the large number of errors found in the section on Hallucinogens. We were told that the second edition corrected the errors that we had pointed out. Unfortunately, after reviewing the second edition we have found that this section is still rife with errors and ... [ read more ]

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Marijuana: Its Effects on Mind and Body
by Malcolm H. Lader
Publisher:
Burke Publishing Co. 
Year:
1985 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/27/2000

The ‘Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs’ series does a reasonable job of attempting to be non-judgemental about the recreational use of psychoactive substances. This volume, ‘Marijuana: Its Effects on Mind and Body’ takes an in-depth look at the use, abuse, pharmacology, and social impact of marijuana use. It leans considerably more towards a prohibitionist attitude than legalization, but presents a comprehensive ... [ read more ]

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Zuni Fetishes
by Hal Zina Bennett
Publisher:
Harper San Francisco 
Year:
1993 
Reviewed by Erowid
2/6/2000

Zuni Fetishes is a very interesting look into the world of power objects. It’s a cross between a cultural study, a personal story, and practical guide, and despite myself, I found that I was drawn to the concept of fetish use as soon as I started flipping pages. It’s cleanly written and an easy read. Definitely recommended for those interested ... [ read more ]

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