By Dale Pendell
This is often the 1st quantity of North Atlantic Books’ up-to-date paperback version of Dale Pendell’s Pharmako trilogy, an encyclopedic research of the background and makes use of of psychoactive crops and similar synthetics first released among 1995 and 2005. The books shape an interrelated suite of works that supply the reader with a distinct, trustworthy, and sometimes own immersion during this medically, culturally, and spiritually interesting topic. All 3 books are superbly designed and illustrated, and are written with unheard of authority, erudition, playfulness, and diversity.
Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft incorporates a new creation by means of the writer and as in prior versions makes a speciality of customary psychoactive plant-derived components and comparable synthetics, starting from the licit (tobacco, alcohol) to the illicit (cannabis, opium) and the unique (absinthe, salvia divinorum, nitrous oxide). every one substance is explored intimately, not just with info on its historical past, pharmacology, instruction, and cultural and esoteric correspondences, but additionally the subtleties of every plant’s impact on recognition in a manner that basically poets can do. the full concoction is sprinkled with ample quotations from well-known writers, making a literary brew as intoxicating as its subject.
The Pharmako sequence is sustained in Pharmako/Dynamis (focusing on stimulants and empathogens) and Pharmako/Gnosis (which addresses psychedelics and shamanic plants).