- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Ott Books; First edition (June 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961423455
- ISBN-13: 978-0961423452
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ayahuasca Analogues Pangean Entheogens First Edition
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The book opens with an essay on (as Ott has coined) the "entheogenic reformation," referring to the return of entheogens to a place of importance in western history. Then Ott covers the history of ayahuasca specifically for the modern Western world beginning in 1851 when, as far as history tells, the pioneering botanist Richard Spruce became the first-known westerner to become aware of its existence.
Ayahuasca Analogues goes on to discuss various admixture plants of both tropical and temperate zones before dealing with the pharmacognacy of ayahuasca in full detail, as well as the beta-carbolines, harmine and harmaline, and also gives individual attention to the tryptamine DMT. This is the real value of the book - detailed information of the usage of northern-latitude plants which can be substituted for Amazonian plants in order to elicit the same effects.
Indeed, one of the express purposes of the book is to provide enough information for the would-be ayahuasca experimenter to forget about ayahuasca tourism, leave the Amazon alone and instead use one of the thousands of possible combinations of plants that are available in the northern hemisphere (which, for that reason, has been called "ayahuasca borealis").
The following chapter deals with psychonautic reports; that is, the experimentation by Ott and associates as they attempt to ascertain the active principles of ayahuasca and to determine optimum ratios and dosage levels through bioassays (assessments of the effects of taking ayahuasca) with various harmine/harmaline and DMT-containing plants. This chapter also discusses MAOI pharmaceuticals and pills (which have been called "pharmahuasca") of extracted active principles.
The book continues with a literary history of ayahuasca, as well as Santo Daime and União do Vegetal, both of which are religious groups centered on the taking of ayahuasca as a sacrament.
Some unusual experimentation is explored. There is a section, for example, on "peyohuasca," which is what the author calls a mixture of mescaline and harmaline which showed promising potential and which belies the underground myth that the combination would be deadly (and this is confirmed by Alexander Shulgin).
The reader will find no colorful descriptions of ayahuasca visions in this book, but rather, exact dosage levels, timing of effects and other such technical information. It should be mentioned, however, that all of the tables in this book are available on the net. But that is only part of the value of this book and, despite what one review states, this book provides much that is most definatley not included in Ott's Pharmacotheon.
Unfortunately, this book is out of print and so you can expect to pay a high price. One can only hope that Natural Products will make a reprinting though there seems to be no signs indicating they intend to do so.
There follows a review of the literature on the plants containing ayahuasca-type enzyme inhibitors, and on plants which contain DMT and related entheogenic tryptamines. The resulting tables of more than 60 plants in each category document Ott's contention that there are at least 4000 possible combinations of plants which can yeild entheogenic potions like ayahuasca. These are the Ayahuasca Analogues of the book's title, and Ott's psychonautic experiments include several with such "analogues", as well as with pharmahuasca - the pure alkaloids in capsule form. A thorough index, twenty-one footnotes, nine tables and a detailed bibliography of 418 sources make this a valuable reference book, as well as Ott's personal logbook of his psychonautic "travels in the universe of the soul" with ayahuasca.