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The Great Book of Hemp
by Rowan Robinson
Publisher:
Park Street Press 
Year:
1996 
Reviewed by Erowid
6/5/1998

The Great Book of Hemp takes a fun, interesting look at the uses of hemp. It includes information on hemp’s history around the world, medicinal uses, spiritual uses, and the controversy surrounding it’s prohibition. It is heavily footnoted, well illustrated and includes more hemp facts and trivia than I’ve seen gathered anywhere else. Its only drawback is that the fun ... [ read more ]

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Zen, Drugs & Mysticism
by R.C. Zaehner
Publisher:
Pantheon Books 
Year:
1972 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/29/1998

An extremely interesting topic from a one-sided viewpoint. Zaehner’s use of derogatory phrases such as “apostles of the psychedelic cult” and “propagandists of psychedelic religion” to describe anyone who is interested in the possibility that entheogens could produce a mystical state…is a good example of his position. His tone is sometimes quite mocking and he seems entrenched in traditional religious ... [ read more ]

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Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide
by O.T. Oss & O.N. Oeric (Terence McKenna)
Publisher:
And/Or Press 
Year:
1976, 1986 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/28/1998

This classic book, written by Terence McKenna under a penname, has short succinct sections on Locating and Identifying Mushrooms, Collecting Spores, and Home Growing and Harvesting Instructions. Many good photos of the entire process. Revised and rereleased in 1986. [ read more ]

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The Peyote Cult:
by Weston La Barre
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press 
Year:
1938, 1989 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/28/1998

This is one dense book. Information on the botany, ethnobotany, physiology, ethnology, history, and ritual use of peyote among various native tribes. Contains a large bibliography of books, papers and studies on peyote from the 1930s to the present. This is definitely not a quick read…but a very good resource/reference book.

CSP Entheogen Chrestomathy Entry
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Opium for the Masses:
by Jim Hogshire
Publisher:
Loompanics Unlimited 
Year:
1994 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/28/1998

This well known guide to growing poppies and extracting opium presents useful information in a format and style accessible to just about everyone. I’m disappointed that there’s no footnotes or references, though there is a brief bibliography. Useful as a basic source of information about opium and poppies, but doesn’t go into great depth in any particular area. [ read more ]

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Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts
by Lynn Zimmer. Ph.D & John P. Morgan, M.D.
Publisher:
Lindesmith Center 
Year:
1997 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/28/1998

A good book for helping answer those persistent myths and misunderstandings about marijuana. The book is organized into chapters each based on a particular myth. Various forms of the myth at the beginning of the chapter are answered by a quick answer and then the rest of the chapter is devoted to providing explanations, evidence, references, technical data and charts ... [ read more ]

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Marihuana Reconsidered
by Lester Grinspoon
Publisher:
Harvard University Press 
Year:
1971, 1977, 1994 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/28/1998

Dense. A lot of information packed into this one. A bit more one sided than I’d like to see from a book of this type…for example it claims that no physical withdrawal symptoms exist for marihuana. Last revised in 1977, but otherwise it’s an extremely well researched, well referenced, informative book. Not a quick read.

CSP Entheogen Chrestomathy Entry
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
by Tom Wolfe
Publisher:
Bantam Books 
Year:
1968 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/28/1998

A good cultural marker of what was going on in San Francisco in the late ‘60s. Perhaps not quite as good as the hype about it suggests. [ read more ]

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Designer Drugs: Researchers, narcotic detectives, physicians, underground chemists, black market dealers, and users speak out
by M. M. Kirsch
Publisher:
CompCare Publications 
Year:
1986 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/24/1998

This well meaning book provides good basic information about a select group of “designer drugs” including china white (fentanyl), crack, mdma, MPTP, crystal meth, and PCP. It has interesting and diverse quotes from interviews with a wide range of characters including experienced users, police, chemists, physicians and researchers. The chosen audience is those outside the entheogen communities… with an angle ... [ read more ]

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Drugs and Beyond:
by Global Health Research
Publisher:
Global Health Publications 
Year:
1994, 1995 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/24/1998

This is a poorly written book with a completely one sided point of view. Unable to see past their own preconceptions, the authors define all use as abuse or misuse and consistently give information of questionable accuracy. Its only saving grace (which earned it the 1 star) is its list of herbal alternatives. This is the first time I’ve ever seen someone argue against the use of opium or cannabis and then turn to recommend poppies, datura and wormwood as useful herbal alternatives. Good for a chuckle but that’s about it. [ read more ]

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