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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference work on entheogens
Plants Of The Gods is a comprehensive reference work on psychoactive plants. It provides a definition of plant hallucinogens and information on phytochemical research on sacred plants, geography of usage and botanical range, the chemical structures of these substances and the use of hallucinogens in medicine.
The plant species discussed include the Amanita (Fly...
Published on 4 Oct. 2003 by Peter Uys

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars useful but mainly for people in mexico!
This book contains lots of useful ! and informative information although it does tend to repeat itself at various points. Most of the book tends to concentrate on mexico and Central/Sth America giving first hand reports from shamen, anthropologists and using accounts from early European explorers. (Priests so your really going to get a all round view). The European...
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference work on entheogens, 4 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers (Paperback)
Plants Of The Gods is a comprehensive reference work on psychoactive plants. It provides a definition of plant hallucinogens and information on phytochemical research on sacred plants, geography of usage and botanical range, the chemical structures of these substances and the use of hallucinogens in medicine.
The plant species discussed include the Amanita (Fly Agaric) mushroom, Atropa (Deadly Nightshade), Yellow and Black Henbane, Mandrake, Cannabis Ergot, Datura, Iboga, Yopo beans, Ayahuasca, Yage, Brugmansia, Peyote, the San Pedro cactus, the Morning Glory plus what the authors term “the little flowers of the gods” which include the various types of Psilocybe mushroom.
The text is enhanced by a wonderful variety of colour and black & white photographs, illustrations and quite impressive paintings. The section Overview Of Plant Use consists of tables listing every plant’s common name, botanical name, historical ethnography, context and purpose of usage, preparation and the chemical composition and effects.
Plants Of The Gods is a great and detailed investigation of entheogenic plants from around the world. This valuable reference book concludes with a bibliography and index.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source to get an overview of ethnobotanicals., 5 Aug. 1999
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This book is a great resourse for people interested in ethnobotanicals. The illustrations are excellent. The reference to the cultural context in which these plants are used helps the reader understand a bit more about how these plants are used but not abused. There is one error I noted. The captions denoting the structures for iso-LSD and lysergic acid hydroxyethylamine should be interchanged.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars useful but mainly for people in mexico!, 8 Sept. 1999
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This book contains lots of useful ! and informative information although it does tend to repeat itself at various points. Most of the book tends to concentrate on mexico and Central/Sth America giving first hand reports from shamen, anthropologists and using accounts from early European explorers. (Priests so your really going to get a all round view). The European info is terrible, scetchy and not at all well researched no mention of scottish mead, mushroom brews or anything. If you live in Sth America great but Europeans we'll have to write our own book. See you in the Dam !!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview though loaded perspective, 11 Jun. 2012
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Plants of the Gods is an insightful overview of the progeny and traditions associated with hallucinogenic and medicinal plants throughout the world. Although it would seem qualified by the academic prowess and background of it's authors, the book is highly biased in regards to extolling these plants and their uses. Personally I would have found it preferential to have been a little more scientific and less loaded with personal opinion/ perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 20 Sept. 2013
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Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers by Richard Evans Schultes. A great book of plants in the nature containing psychoactive substances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 April 2015
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Fascinating
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Books on Hallucinogenic Ethnobotany, 30 Jan. 1999
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Just get it you won't regret it!
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2 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meagre!, 19 Mar. 1999
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-Quality lacking, it's the stupid laymans introduction to hallucinogens. Lot's of folklore, cultural use but all in a very digestible shortstyled fashion. If you are 10 years of age and wanna know this is the book for you.
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