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Drugs of the Dreaming: Oneirogens: <i> Salvia divinorum</i> and Other Dream-Enhancing Plants Paperback – May 21, 2007
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“In the end this short, though neatly presented, book is a fantastic introduction into the oneirogenic realm. This little researched area has been consolidated by the authors and provides a great start point for anyone interested in looking deeper into the production of their dreams via external chemical means.” (Psychedelic Press UK, January 2013)
“Gianluca Toro and Benjamin Thomas have made an invaluable contribution to the literature on psychoactive substances by tackling the vast but hitherto neglected domain of the use of oneirogenic plants and drugs throughout history, around the world. Using a multidisciplinary approach that draws from ethnobotany, anthropology, medical research, chemistry, and the recorded experiences of “psychonauts” who have experimented with many of these compounds, they have compiled a rigorously researched, fascinating, exhaustive survey of the planet’s oneirogens, ranging all the way from recently popularized herbs such as Salvia divinorum and Calea zacatechichi to ancient Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, Amazonian, African and medieval potions; to vitamins and hormones; to dream-inducing cheeses and fish species!
“The extensive lists of the world’s known oneirogens and the generous bibliography are treasure troves in and of themselves. As the authors make clear, there is much we don’t know about many of these tantalizing substances and the states they induce. In fact, this is really a nascent field, but this book marks a giant step forward in an exciting new front in the exploration of humanity’s never-ending thirst for heightened states of consciousness. No one with a serious interest in the rich lore of psychotropic substances should be without this book.” (J. P. Harpignies, editor of Visionary Plant Consciousness)
"I recommend [this book] for anyone who wants to learn more about plants, entheogens, or the neurochemistry of the body." (Taylor Ellwood, New Witch, No. 17, Summer 2008)
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VISIONARY PLANTS / DREAMS
“Gianluca Toro and Benjamin Thomas have made an invaluable contribution to the literature on psychoactive substances with their rigorously researched and fascinating survey of the planet’s oneirogens. This book marks a giant step forward in an exciting new front of humanity’s exploration of heightened states of consciousness. No one with a serious interest in the rich lore of psychotropic substances should be without this book.”
--J. P. Harpignies, editor of Visionary Plant Consciousness
Oneirogens are plant and animal substances that have long been used to facilitate powerful and productive dreaming. From the beginning of civilization, dreams have guided the inner and outer life of human beings both in relation to each other and to the divine. For centuries shamans have employed oneirogens in finding meaning and healing in their dreams. Drugs of the Dreaming details the properties and actions of these dream allies, establishing ethnobotanical profiles for thirty-five oneirogens, including those extracted from organic sources--such as Calea zacatechichi (dream herb or “leaf of the god”), Salvia divinorum, and a variety of plants used in shamanic practices--as well as synthetically derived oneirogens. They explain the historical use of each oneirogen, its method of action, and what light it sheds on the scientific mechanism of dreaming. They conclude that oneirogens enhance the comprehensibility and facility of the dream/dreamer relationship and hold a powerful key for discerning the psychological needs and destinies of dreamers today.
GIANLUCA TORO, an environmental chemist, is the author in Italian of Animali Psicoattivi [Psychoactive Animals] and numerous articles about naturally occurring and synthetic dream-enhancing agents. He lives in Italy. Benjamin Thomas is an independent researcher specializing in the effects of drugs and plant extracts on humans, particularly in Papua New Guinea. He lives in Australia.
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The author has included a lot of entries in a fairly short (149 pg) book. There's very little in-depth information, so if you're hoping for that, you may be disappointed. The book is primarily a broad overview, at best, with some plants receiving a few pages and others just a few sentences. The author also discusses animal, mycological and chemical oneirogens.
One thing I find curious is that the subtitle of the book is "Oneirogens: Salvia divinorum and Other Dream-Enhancing Plants". One would expect that Salvia divinorum would feature prominently in the work, but that's not the case. This plant was given little more than a single page out of the entire text, so why would it be featured in the subtitle?
Based on the "barely there" treatment Salvia divinorum received, I can't help but wonder if marketing wasn't the real motivation for including this plant in the subtitle. Is the author/publisher trying to take advantage of the increasing (and unfortunate) "buzz" about Salvia divinorum? Is it a way to capture attention and sell books? Who knows, but it's certainly not because the author had anything substantive to say about Salvia divinorum.
Those of you looking for any meaningful, or even moderately detailed information on this plant won't find it here. Salvia divinorum was, despite the subtitle, barely given a passing nod in this work. In many ways, the way this book is presented versus the reality of the book itself feels like a real bait-n-switch.
And, strangely enough, many of the plants in the book have little or nothing to do with dreaming at all. This seems odd for a book that's supposed to be about oneirogens.
A major complaint I have with the author and/or publisher is the awful title! DRUGS of the Dreaming? It's no surprise to anyone with an interest in the history of sacred plants, and their role in indigenous cultures, that this field of study faces a great deal of opposition in today's modern culture. At every turn one sacred plant after another is being banned, made illegal and inaccessible. Couple this with the countless newspaper articles and television reports, demonizing these plants as "drugs", and you are left with a deeply distorted view of the subject.
And rather than take the opportunity to correct this, to offer a more balanced and respectful perspective on the subject, the author and publisher seem to play into this nonsense. It's a shame, because not only does it disrespect the path of working with plants, a path whose history stretches back thousands of years and spans all cultures around the world, but it also feeds the distorted perspective of the mainstream culture, while supporting more media hysteria.
To me, this is simply irresponsible. It also points, once more, to the author and publisher having a greater interest in sensationalism and selling books than capturing the soul of the road. If the objective is to market books, this approach may work. If, however, the intention was to offer a respectful treatise on the dream-enhancing medicine of plants, it is, in my opinion, a total failure.
Indigenous people around the world don't view, treat or approach plants as "drugs". They are viewed as teachers and elders, keepers of roads that lead to healing of both body and soul. They are met with reverence and care, not treated as drugs or reduced to their phytochemistry alone. Regardless of one's relationship to the road, why not treat these ancient traditions with some degree of respect? Reducing the plants to "drugs" doesn't seem respectful or responsible.
I had expected more from this book. I can't help but feel both mislead by the presentation and disappointed by the product.
Without a doubt, there are far better books out there. Sadly little has been written about true oneirogens, and in my opinion this book doesn't seem to add much of any meaning to the existing body of literature.
Here's to aquiring wisdom and dreams. These books by anthropologists, ethnologists & informed botanists may help:
Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
Shamans Through Time