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Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft Hardcover – August 3, 2009
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—Terence McKenna, author of True Hallucinations
"Much of our life-force calls upon the plant world for support, in medicines and in foods, as both allies and teachers. Pendell provides a beautifully crafted bridge between these two worlds. The magic he shares is that the voices are spoken and heard both ways; we communicate with plants and they with us. This book is a moving and poetic presentation of this dialogue."
—Dr. Alexander T. Shulgin, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Public Health
"Pharmako/Poeia is an epic poem on plant humours, an abstruse alchemic treatise, an experiential narrative jigsaw puzzle, a hip and learned wild-nature reference text, a comic paean to cosmic consciousness, an ecological handbook, a dried-herb pastiche, a counterculture encyclopedia of ancient fact and lore that cuts through the present ‘conservative’ war-on-drugs psychobabble."
—Allen Ginsberg, poet
"Dale Pendell’s remarkable book will make it impossible to ever again underestimate the most unprepossessing plant. This compendium of how-to-get-high-by-eating-your-lawn ethnological data is mind-boggling, useful, and serves as a fine end run around the guardians of ‘official’ consciousness."
—Peter Coyote, actor
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POEIA includes a wonderful section on Absinthe which may be related to the seduction of angels. Students of 19th Century French art history and the Belle Epoch know about Absinthe. Absinthe is that lovely green substance the Impressionist painters liked to portray, which according to some was the devil's own drink (he being a fallen angel). Wilde was fond of Absinthe, and may have been using it when he wrote "The Portrait of Dorian Grey." On the other hand, it may have been his drug of choice when he developed his witty and amusing stage plays. Readers associated with Lewis' Screwtape Letters will recognize Absinthe's plant name-Wormwood. Wormwood was probably the bitter herb offered Christ in his last hour of agony and Revelations 8:10,11 has something to say about it. Artemisia is Wormwood's proper name, and the Greek Artemisia is the Roman Diana, Goddess of the Moon. Pendell says Oberon uses `Dian's bud' to reverse the effects of a love potion in A Midsummer Night's Dream. What was Shakespeare thinking??Read more ›
Alcohol (beer, wine, distilled spirits)
And even, fossil fuel.
But don't think that he advocates the use (or abuse) of all these plants. He gives you the information, what they do, their history, and side effects. You will find no propaganda or scare tactics, just the truth (and the truth of what some of these plants can do is scary enough without embellishment!)
Another plus of these books: They're aesthetically pleasing. I honestly can't think of any problems with this series of books: Informative, accurate and beautiful. Dale Pendell is an asset to the herbalist community.
Covered poisons: Mad River Plant, Bulrush, Tobacco, Pituri, Alcohol, Aether, Absinthe, Cale zacatechichi, Opium, Kava Kava, Salvia divinorum, Marijuana, Nitrous Oxide. Beware: here be dragons.
Update 3/8/2003: "Pharmako/Dynamis" is now available. It covers stimulants only, so there will probably be another book in the "Pharmako/" series (but expect to wait 5-7 years until it's released).
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Great book! Highly recommend for anyone with intrest in Power Plants and SpiritualityPublished 13 months ago by David Mika
I now have all three books in this set. A good study of information not usually found in one place.Published 19 months ago by G. Beavers
[I own the older version of this book, which is unfortunately missing an index. The newer editions have corrected this.]
These three books are beautiful. Read more
Poison have been used by seekers of wisdom for thousands of years. Ever since early prehistoric times the poison and the allies of the plant world have been teaching mankind... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by S. Cranow
My wife left me just before I discovered this book, for which I'd like to profusely thank her because her departure gave me the time to really immerse myself in Dale Pendell's... Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Ross Heaven
Got this as a gift for someone but couldn't resist at least flipping through a little before I gave it to them. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by S
A beautiful piece of poetic prose on the nature of the poison path. A must for readers indulging in the potency of plant medicines and the historical roots thereof.Published on February 13, 2013 by Cody