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"Stafford's is a sane, reasoned reference book in a controversial area where politics and criminal penalties have kept research and public knowledge at a minimum."
-Publishers Weekly"Offers the most thorough history to date of the modern-day use of psychedelic drugs. LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, cannabis, and a host of lesser-known and exotic psychotropic agents are discussed in this entertaining survey."
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Introduction by Dan Joy
Foreword by Andrew Weil, M.D.
sychedelics Encyclopedia is a fascinating historical reference on psychedelics -- from the LSD-25 of the '60s to the memory enhancers of today.
Psychedelics Encyclopedia draws from scientific research, personal accounts, and popular literature to document the properties attributed to psychedelic substances, their preparation and use, and the shifting social attitudes toward them over the past half-century.
Psychedelics Encyclopedia is a remarkable sourcebook for anyone interested in the psychological, biological, physiological, and cultural aspects of psychedelics.
Information on the history, botany,
pharmacology, physical effects, mental effects, forms,
and sources for:
+ The LSD Family
In a curious circle of
coincidence, knowledge about the psychoactivity of
the natural groups came along only after the
synthesis of LSD by Dr. Albert Hofmann. Unlike
most chemists, who even today work mainly with
synthetics, Hofmann was drawn toward study of
natural substances at the end of the 1920s. Under
the supervision of Dr. A. Stoll, who isolated the
first ergot alkaloid in a pure chemical form,
Hofmann later synthesized a number of ergot
analogues (closely related compounds) at Sandoz
Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland.
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