Pharmako/Poeia, Revised and Updated

Pharmako/Poeia, Revised and Updated

Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft

Author: Dale Pendell Foreword by: Gary Snyder

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating universe of psychoactive plants with Volume 1 of Dale Pendell’s celebrated Pharmako trilogy

The bestselling magical fusion of science, poetry, history, and philosophy

In this updated paperback edition of the first volume of Dale Pendell’s renowned Pharmako trilogy, readers are welcomed on an absorbing journey through the history and applications of psychoactive plants and their synthetic equivalents. Including a new introduction from the author, the book brilliantly merges factual information, historical context, cultural observations, and spiritual insights, all in a voice that is both authoritative and whimsical.

Pendell offers in-depth examination of substances including:

  • Absinthe
  • Aqua Vitae
  • Beer
  • Calea zacatechichi
  • Heroin
  • Kava kava
  • Marijuana
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Opium
  • Ska Pastora (diviner’s sage)
  • Tobacco
  • Wine
  • And more

The examination covers their history, pharmacology, preparation methods, cultural and esoteric connections, and impacts on human consciousness. Pendell presents this study with the sensitivity of a poet, emphasizing not only the concrete facts but also the nuanced implications of each substance’s interaction with the human psyche.

Enriched with quotations from celebrated writers, the book serves as a captivating literary concoction that blends science, art, and spirituality, transforming a complex subject into a mesmerizing narrative. The blend of poetic and erudite writing in Pendell’s style engages the reader’s imagination while being firmly anchored in rigorous research and factual data.

More than an instructive guide on psychoactive plants and synthetics, Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft is a revealing exploration of the ties between human consciousness and nature’s own chemical elixirs. It stands as an indispensable read for those with interest in ethnobotany, herbal medicine, or simply the intriguing interplay between humans and the plant kingdom.

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Release Date: 2010-09-28
Paperback 9781556438059

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