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Psychedelic Shamanism: The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants Paperback – December, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Breakout Productions; First edition (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966693256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966693256
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DeKorne's _Psychedelic Shamanism_ continues to be a Must Read for anyone who considers entheogens and psychedelics to be indispensable allies in their spiritual quest. I can, however, only give the book three stars at the present time. There are several reasons for this:

- His advice on extraction of DMT from familiar grasses is, he admits, flawed. Instead of extracting n,n-DMT, he extracted 5-meo-dmt. This is an enormously different psychoactive material with very different dosing guidelines and effects. Any search on the experience vault at erowid will demonstrate that 5-meo-dmt is a powerful and possibly dangerous (if dosed incorrectly) material and qualitatively vastly different from n,n-dmt. But the fact that he is extracting 5-meo-dmt instead of n,n-dmt is presented almost as a footnote. I really feel that whole chapter should be stricken.

- His remarks that Salvia Divinorum is a weak psychoactive omits all of Daniel Siebert's work on the subject. We now know that Salvia Divinorum is one of the most powerful and spiritually useful of the entheogenic allies. Any book on psychedelic shamanism that omits most of what we know about S.D. must at this time be considered quite dated.

The information in this book is so dated that about anything deKorne writes should be confirmed by Erowid and other sources first.

The lack of a detailed treatment of Set, Setting and Sitter is troubling in a book so many use as a working reference. Dosing guidelines are also not dealt with extensively. There is so much missing in this book.

Mr. deKorne's comments on entities and the imaginal realm are right on target.
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The ideas put forth in this work have the potential to revolutionize current thinking in psychology, psychiatry and religion, so be prepared to either have your mind blown and/or to suspect the author is a burnt out acid job. Personally I think DeKorne has gone through some serious mental and emotional trials and come out the other end amazingly lucid and wise. This book goes far to dispel some dangerous or romantic ideas going around about the ingestion of certain "hallucinogenic" plants, such as datura and morning glory seeds. DeKorne makes it clear that many of these plants are best avoided because all they have to offer is making the ingester deathly ill, and in some cases deathly dead. He gently steers the reader towards the more reliable substances, in particular psilocybin mushrooms. This is done by sharing a wealth of both personal and researched experience leading the reader to draw their own conclusions. For those adventurous enough to try the riskier entheogens, solid info on cultivation, processing and dosage is provided. Other than the psylocybin the DMT containing plants sound the most promising, though after reading this book (and experience with some of the other substances) I agree with the author that psilocybin mushrooms alone provide all the fuel anyone could ever need to launch into deep inner space, especially taken with an MAO inhibitor. This book further convinces me there is no need to mess with more dangerous substances since the dispersion of the tried, true and unarguably well disposed towards humanity magic mushrooms.
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DeKorne's book is a "must have" reference for anyonewho dabbles with plant extractions. His extraction techniques aremore like kitchen recipes than highfalutin, high tech organic chemistry procedures.
The book is subtitled "The Cultivation, Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants" and includes the following chapters:
The Shamanic Hypothesis
Altered States
Shamanic Dimensions
The Experience of Many Worlds
Living in the One World
The Entities of the Imaginal Realm
Psychedelic Catalysts
The Belladonna Alkaloids
D-Lysergic Acid Amide: Morning Glory Seeds, Stipa Robusta
Mescaline: Peyote and San Pedro
Ayahuasca and Its Analogues: Harmine and DMT
Smokable DMT from Plants
Psilocybin: Magic Mushrooms
The Minor Psychedelics
Extraction Procedures
Some Thoughts about Technique
Here's a brief quote from the "Extraction Prodedures" chapter:
"In most aboriginal cultures, the extraction process for psychedelic plants is quite simple; as often as not, the shaman just boils down the raw materials in a pot and then drinks the concentrated brew. We come from a different tradition with different beliefs and expectations. For one thing, our 'civilized' tastes have been refined to the point where we have difficulty in ingesting anything we perceive as bitter or repulsive -- this, unfortunately, applies to most psychoactive botanicals. I know of no plant hallucinogen that actually tastes good, which I would want to eat even if it weren't a psychedelic. Westerners generally prefer pure compounds in the form of pills or capsules that can be easily swallowed, an efficiency which makes up in acceleration what it loses in verisimilitude.
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