10 what are plant hallucinogens?
16 the plant kingdom
20 phytochemical research on sacred plants
26 geography of usage and botanical range
31 plant lexicon
62 who uses hallucinogenic plants?
65 overview of plant use
81 the most important hallucinogenic plants
82 mainstay of the heavens
86 the hexing herbs
Atropa (Deadly Nightshade) Hyoscyamus albus (Yellow Henbane) Hyoscyamus niger (Black Henbane) Mandragora (Mandrake)
92 the nectar of delight
Cannabv- (Hemp, Marijuana, Hashish)
102 st. anthony's fire
106 holy flower of the north star
Datura innoxia (Toloache)
Datura metel (Datura)
Datura stramonium (Thorn Apple)
112 guide to the ancestors
116 beans of the hekula spirit
Anadenanthera peregrina (Yopo)
120 seeds of civilization
Anadenanthera colubrina (Cebil)
124 the magic drink of the amazon
Psychotn i (Chacruna) Peganum (Sy-an Rue) Tetrapteris (Yage)
137 ayahuasca analogs
140 trumpets of the angels
Brugmansia (Golden Angel's Trumpet) Brugmansia (Blood-Red Angel's Trumpet)
144 the tracks of the little deer
156 little flowers of the gods
Panaeolus cyanescens (Blue Meanies) Panaeolus sphinctrinus (Hoop-petticoat)
Panaeolus subbalteatus (Dark-rimmed
Mottlegill) Psilocybe cubensis (San Isidro) Psilocybe cyanescens (Wavy Cap) Psilocybe mexicana (Teonanacatl) Psilocybe semilanceata (Liberty Cap)
164 diviner's sage
166 cactus of the four winds
Trichocereus (San Pedro)
170 vines of the serpent
Ipomoea (Morning Glory) Turbina (Ololiugui)
176 semen of the sun
182 gateway to dreamtime
Duboisia (Pituri Bush)
184 chemical structures of hallucinogens
188 uses of hallucinogens in medicine
198 picture credits
The dreaming smoker stretched out comfortably on his chaise enjoys visions induced by Hashish. This engraving is from M. von Schwind's Album of Etchings, published in 1843.
Page 4 left: The witches of medieval Europe inc jced inebriation with a great variety of brews, most of which had at least one of the Nightshades as a psychoactive constituent. During their intoxications, they engaged in many aspects of hexing both malevolent and benevolent. This illustration, a woodcut, published in 1459, portrays two witches calling for rain and thunder, possibly during a dry spell, and preparing a brew to help them achieve this goai
For the Huichol Indians of Mexico, the Peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii) (see page 7) is not a plant but a god, a gift from the Earth Goddess to humans to assis* them in attaining a connection to her in the mystical realms The Huichol celebrate a great Peyote festival every year (below), at which all members of the tribe partake in eating the freshly harvested Peyote cactus.
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