Salvia divinorum Literature
Pharmako/poeia – Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft
By Dale Pendell
A masterful blend of poetry, science, and magic. Dale Pendell discusses the properties and personalities of a wide variety of psychoactive plants. Their effects are uniquely and magnificently conveyed. An ethnobotanical work of art!
The Salvia divinorum chapter can be read here.
Plants of the Gods
By Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, and Christian Raetsch
“This is a greatly enlarged and expanded edition. The photographs are spectacular. A chapter on Salvia divinorum is included. This book is well-worth purchasing, even if you already own previous editions.” –Daniel J. Siebert
Of the ninety-one hallucinogenic plants beautifully illustrated and characterized in their lexicon, the authors elaborate in vivid detail on fourteen that have had profound significance for human beings. Drawing on fourteen years of field work, Dr. Richard Evans Schultes describes pilgrimages made to gather the sacred plants as well as the rites, prayers, songs, and dances associated with their use. His accounts are augmented by Dr. Albert Hofmann’s lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these psychotropic substances.
The text is accompanied by numerous illustrations, more than one hundred of which are in full color. Included are rare photographs – many published here for the first time – of plants and the people who have used them as well as ceremonies, sculptures, paintings, pottery, and weavings related to the ritual use of these sacred hallucinogens.
By Jim DeKorne
The boldest exploration of psychedelic plants since Terence McKenna’s ‘Food of the Gods’. For the first time, theory and practice are linked in one consciousness-expanding book.
DeKorne is a “psychonaut”, exploring the “imaginal realms” through personal experimentation and scholarly research. He guides the reader through the history and lore of psychotropic plants, with advice on how to handle the eerie “entities” one encounters in “hyperspace”.
A master gardener, DeKorne explains in loving detail how to cultivate many of these plants and how to extract their powerful psychoactive alkaloids. He provides down-to-earth information on dosages, typical reactions, length and intensity of experience, dangerous combinations, traditional and ritual uses, and much more.
You can read the book for free on Google Books here
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants
By Christian Rätsch
In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants – those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness – have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them.
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The Salvia Divinorum Grower’s Guide
Learn how to grow the most mysterious of power plants . . . while it’s still legal. Complete cultivation instructions are disclosed as well as sources for obtaining cuttings of this very rare plant. This is the only guide of this sort.
This is a book that truly contains much “sage” wisdom. (…) Dr. Ball describes many of his personal experiences, shares meaningful insights, and provides helpful advice on using this herb as a tool for cultivating practical spirituality. Sage Spirit should be read by all who seek to understand the nature of Salvia divinorum, especially as it relates to human consciousness, personal growth, and spiritual development. – Daniel Siebert, Sagewisdom.org
Inventor of numerous groundbreaking herbal formulas, Shaahin Cheyene is a fifth generation herbalist from Iran. Cheyene consults for pharmaceutical companies as well as natural products companies on the use of indigenous and shamanic plants in modern day products. Cheyene was introduced to Salvia Divinorum by the late Terrence McKenna.
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, the authors 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!
When James Arthur decided to experiment with Salvia divinorum, a Mexican visionary plant sacred to the Mazatecs, he was expecting a hallucinogenic experience-but not the transformation of his entire view of the world. With repeated sessions over the course of several years, he began returning to the same inner landscape, where he found himself entering a unique state of “thoughtless awareness” and accessing a mode of language that articulated a distinctive form of understanding and communication.
Salvia Divinorum is one of the most powerful psychoactive substances in the world. Over 100 times the potency of LSD, this plant is being used by the Mazatec shamans and laymen alike for divnation, healing meditation and the exploration of conciousness. In this book, we take an insightful adn provocative look at this ancient plant and its newly discovered properties.