Contents

Bring Them On, the Power Plants On the Nature of Poison I Plant People Plants As Teachers On the Nature of the Ally The Great Work Sun Medicine Moon Medicine Methodology I Ground State Calibration Methodology II 13 ThTheMac River Plant Prunus emarginata Phenomenological Taxonomy of Psychotropes Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae Wine Vitis vinifera 65 Beer Hordeum vulgare 70 Aqua Vitae The Alcoholic Muse 78 The Poison Path I 81 83 JEther 89 Fossil Fuel Mead and the Divine Madness 93 103 Absinthe...

Fossil Fuel

Related Hexane, Freon, airplane glue, toluene, gasoline. Spray paint, hair spray, PC Substances cleaner, dry cleaning fluid. Spot remover, nail polish remover, paint remover. Lighter fluid, correction fluid thinner, etc., etc., etc. How Taken Huffed. That means inhaled. Effects Similar to ether and nitrous oxide, either of which are many times safer than any of these poisons. Habitual huffers can distinguish different brands of sprays and fluids, and develop preferences. HufFers probably have...

Addiction

With heroin, the nature of addiction can be drawn out to a fine point. Addiction has become so synonymous with heroin that dependency on nicotine or alcohol is more often thought of as a habit rather than as an addiction. This despite the fact that a heroin addict has a better chance of beating his habit than does a smoker. Heroin is diacetyl morphine. It is prepared from morphine in a fairly simple reaction, using acetic anhydride or acetyl chloride. When it was first synthesized, heroin was...

Vitis Vinifera

Related Species Almost any sugary or starchy fruit or berry. f Vart Used The fermented juice of the fruit. How Taken Best drunk with food, but by drunks drunk almost any way. Effects The first glass warms and gladdens, the second inspires poetry and seduction. The third glass evokes boasting, the fourth glass stumbling the fifth glass stupor, and sleep. The Plant We choose wine as the symbol for inebriantia, and the grape as its type plant. In this we mean no slight to Demeter and her grains....

Killing Time

And to kill time while awaiting death, I smoke elegant cigarettes, thumbing my nose at the gods. Jules Laforgue, La Cigarette The cigarette is thoughtfulness reflection and contemplation before action. We smoke to contemplate action, until the smoking and the cigarette become the action. And then that is what we do we smoke. wrap his soul in mine and cradle it within a blue and fluctuating thread . . . Charles Baudelaire, The Pipe The cigarette is a prop, the flicking tail of a tree squirrel,...

Calea Zacatechichi

Common Dog grass, Thle-pelakano, leaf of God. Zacatechichi is Nahuatl for bitter grass. Name5 The bitterness is in a class with Artemisia absinthium. delated Species Not all races are psychoactive, even within the genus. Needs study. Taxonomy Sunflower family, Asteraceae, found from central Mexico south to Costa Rica. The plant likes open ground readily colonizes disturbed ground and land that has been burned over. The genus Calea is neotropical and contains a hundred other species besides...

Methodology I

Ethnobotany should be considered a proper subset of our Work. Ethnobotanists are generally both botanists and anthropologists, and it is essential for the owl-chemist to have a basic knowledge of these two disciplines if she is to avoid certain terrible pitfalls of the path, such as clownish foppery or early death. No mistake here about the seriousness of our endeavor and its concomitant dangers. I remember once seeing a group of edible Agaricus in a meadow near an old oak tree. And right in...

Nicotiana Tabacum And Related Species

Common 'Names Tobacco, petun, picietl. Taxonomy The two cultivated species are Nicotiana tabacum and N. rusticum. Both of these species are tetraploids, the result of a fertile hybrid between two wild species sometime in antiquity, evidently in the Andean region of South America. Almost all American and European commercial tobaccos are Nicotiana tabacum. There are some five dozen wild species of Nicotiana, three-quarters of them native to the Americas. These species include N.glauca, N....

Miscellaneous Plants

THE GREEN MAN AND FRENCH HORN, SIGN ON PUB, LONDON THE GREEN MAN AND FRENCH HORN, SIGN ON PUB, LONDON Go backward. From Amazonia, Curipira, the Master of Animals, a dangerous spirit whom every shaman must meet and be able to charm with words and songs, must be able to bargain with. He wears no clothes, has shaggy hair, has a huge penis, has large green fanglike teeth. His green feet are attached with the heel in front. So track backward. To a tavern in England, green face on the hanging sign,...

Cannabis Sativa

AKA bhang, ganja, hashish, mota, weed, grass, et cetera ad infmitum. Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis. Of the great dicotyledonous angiosperms a proud carrier of the distinguished epithet sativa in superorder Dilleniidae. Older taxonomies had placed Cannabis in the mulberry family, the Moraceae, but the genus is now placed in the Cannabaceae, along with hops. The Moraceae have four sepals and four petals, while the Cannabaceae have five sepals and five petals. Limited...

Duboisia Hopwoodii

Common Names Pituri, pedgery, pitchery. Related Species Duboisia myoporoides, Duboisia leickhartii. Taxonomy Family Solanaceae. A shrub, sometimes a small tree. The genus is endemic to Australia. Chemistry Tropane alkaloids scopolomine and hyoscamine are present in Duboisia myop-oroides and D. leickhartii. Most accounts therefore ascribe the same chemistry to Duboisia hopwoodii, but according to Pamela Watson (1983b) Duboisia hopwoodii contains nicotine and d-nornicotine. Moreover, the...