Stimulating Plants, Potions & Herbcraft – Excitantia and Empathogenica
read Gwyllm Llwydd; translation J. Schmidt (from TERVOL XI # 4, pp. 148-149 DALE Pendell - 2002 (Mercury House, POB 192850, San Francisco, CA 94119-8250, www.mercuryhouse.org), ISBN 1-56279-125-7, 7 "x 9:25" paperback, $ 21.95]. 294 pp., consistently
Black / white illustrations, with index.
I'm crazy about the reference part in scientific books, information can flourish me, the more important the better. It goes further, into the realm of cross-
refer, I kneel, full of ecstasy on the ground.
In pharmaco / Dynamis there are enough references to charm me. This book is a cornucopia of mysterious stories of plants and their impact on human civilization. Information swim across the pages - information, concealed and hidden, except on the most curious among the connoisseurs of plant drugs. Information in which you can lose yourself ... information to find yourself in it ... information to set the course for distant shores ...
You can book this really impacting on each site and find your way in the text. The first time I did not read it in a conventional manner. Instead, I poked around in the references flew over the most important chapters, read a little bit here, a bit there and then plunged all the way into the chapter.
Pendell suggests that one can read it as you want, and I felt my "random access" as a worthwhile exercise.
Excitantia: The book begins with a few of the more popular drugs - coffee, tea and chocolate. Pendell followed at each of its regional origin story, he describes their preparation, the chemical constituents and the social impact, the indigenous people to the whole world. In this way one discovers that one are not so familiar with these plants, as they first thought. If the knowledge of the history of the plant grows, the interest is to use them only larger (or use from their view us?). This section contains other, little-known plants and a disreputable, alchemical concoctions: Betel Guarana, Kola, Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica), Qat, Coca and even Amphetamine to be treated.
The information above range from just up comprehensively.
Personally, I prefer the chapter on GuaranaWhich I have used extensively by the early to mid 90s. Because of this familiarity, the chapter could have been even more quiet for me, but I loved what was available.
The chapter on Erythroxylum coca is also well done. Although I better versed with this topic - culprit is the huge amount of press releases, written all those years about it - was the real reason why I found this chapter useful, the poetic access and awesome sensitivity of formulations and amount of information that can be found there. It's a wonderful job, the respect the the Coca lost in my pantheon of plants, has been restored.
Absolutely fascinating is the Ma Huang chapter, it shows part of the history and myths that suggest the Ephedra sinica the source of the soma of the Rig Veda was. Although this theory is in direct contrast to R. Gordon Wasson verbreitetem suggestion that it was Soma Amanita muscaria, But it does not work here is to convince you. Rather, the ride, with a take on the Pendell, while he dealt with this issue, a pleasure in itself.
Empathogenica: This section covers nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), MDMA and GHB. The part about nutmeg brought me to an earlier point in my life back to a time in which the "stripping" took some interesting shapes.
Known for its use in homes and education of children who could not point, I had never tried nutmeg, but knew many who did this. It sounded like a big, physical stress, accompanied by certain hazards, but nevertheless it was there for those who needed them.
This chapter covers some of the history of the spice wars ("spice wars"): From the Arabs, which gave the Venetians (which in turn in the hand held during the Renaissance all threads until the Portuguese sailed into the picture), up to the Dutch and English, who then tore the control of the European spice imports from the Far East and the Spice Islands in itself.
The MDMA chapter is exhilarating and exciting. The whirlwind of images, which is accompanied with 180bpm flows through it. Pendell end this section with a praise song of devotion.
One of the things I like about Pendells works, as he has mastered the poetic language. But varied significantly, he awakens the muse so much that you can see them interwoven with all his works, even with the technical aspects. So far, the most beautiful part for me are those that are clearly poetic - those who take a captured only by the mere appear a simple word. Poetry is an old key to deeper spheres; Pendell knows this and uses it for the benefit of all. To the delight of the reader, he has learned his craft well.
If you pharmaco / Dynamis find in a bookstore, look at the following sections first: the chapter "Wandering and the Vision Quest" and "Dream stutters" as the two shorter chapters "Hecate's Garden" and "Nigredo: A Turn Darkening of. "I have read it several times and enthusiastically learned something new every time.
Although the layout of pharmaco / Dynamis the same, as with its predecessor, pharmaco / Poeia, there are still a number of works. OK, the issue will continue, but the effect and a large part of information dissemination are different. Both books stand firmly on their own feet.
The effect of pharmacokinetics / Dynamis is close with "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan relatives, but with some extras. After reading these two works, one begins to look at plants in a totally different way. We are thinking it trimmed, we have dominion over the flora and fauna, but we have really? After I read Pollan and Pendell, because I'm not so sure. If one of the logic that is based on two books, follows, you may come to the conclusion that we obey the commands of the plant world, even if only subconsciously. Pharmaco / Dynamis, a welcome addition to my library. I think most readers of this journal would share this opinion. - Gwyllm Llwydd
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