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Ayahuasca Analogues, Pangaean Entheogens
- Jonathon Ott

Hallucinogenic Plants of North America - Jonathon Ott

Pharmacotheon - Jonathon Ott

Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World - Paul Stamets

DMT The Spirit Molecule - Rick Strassman, M.D.

The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens - Richard Evans Schultes & Albert Hofmann

LSD - My Problem Child, Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism, and Science - Dr. Albert Hofmann

Ayahuasca, Human Consciousness and the Spirits of Nature - Ralph Metzner

Murder, Magic and Medicine - John Mann


Titles > Old Format >

General Reference

  • Psychedelics Encyclopedia - Peter Stafford; Paperback; $26.96
  • From Chocolate to Morphine - Andrew Weil, Winnifred Rosen; Paperback; $12.55

      Comprehensive, accurate, practical information about using mind drugs. Includes history, uses, problems, and alternatives for drugs in general, and specific chapters on stimulants, depressants, psychedelics, marijuana, and other drugs (PCP, ketamine, nightshades, etc.) Describes drugs in each class, gives benefits, risks, suggestions, and precautions. Glossary and index. Highly recommended.


  • Pharmako/Poeia : Plants Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft - Dale Pendell; $15.26

      Psychedelic plant poetry. Entheogens as personal allies. Feeling comfortable with natural poisons. Practical tips on psychotropic plants as house guests. Beautiful stuff. Volume I includes: tobaccos, alcohols, absinthe, opium, kava, Salvia divinorum, Cannabis, nitrous. Highly recommended.


  • Psychedelic Shamanism - Jim Dekorne; Paperback; $17.96

      First a personal story of altered states, encountering rude entities within the mind-space (your mileage may vary). Then a practical guide to the home cultivation and kitchen chemistry of entheogens: morning glories, cactus, DMT for ayahuasca and smoking, mushrooms, and others. Recommended, but has a few technical errors.


  • The Essential Psychedelic Guide - D.M. Turner; $12.95

      Best practical, advanced book on taking psychedelics. Introduction, then LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline cacti, Ecstasy, 2C-B, DMT, Harmalas, Ketamine; some others. Unique, pioneering discussion of drug combinations, good and bad. Author's psychedelic reality, CydelikSpace. Many reports from the frontier. Highly recommended.


Psilocybin Mushrooms

  • Mushroom Cultivator : A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home - Paul Stamets, et al; Paperback; $29.95

      Definitive handbook for growing all mushroom species, by the master. Mushroom life cycle; sterile technique; agar, grain, wood, and compost culture; casing and fruiting technique; plus specifics on many species (including Psilocybe's) and problem solving. Extensive and impressive. Appendicies, bibliography, index. Recommended.


  • Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide : A Handbook for Psilocybin Enthusiasts - O.T. Oss, O.N. Oeric; Paperback; $15.26

      Focused directions for Stropharia (Psilocybe) cubensis cultivation and use. Spores to agar, to grain, casing, and fruiting. Preface (and blessing) by Terence McKenna, text by Dennis McKenna and Jeremy Bigwood. Best introduction to the process. Nice illustrations. Recommended.


  • Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World : An Identification Guide - Paul Stamets, Andrew Weil; Paperback; $22.46

      Most comprehensive field guide ever for mushrooms with psilocybin! Covers nearly 100 species, both dung and wood growers,and shows similar species to avoid. Great color photos! Also useful to mycologists, scholars, and physicians. Recommended.


  • Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms - Paul Stamets; Paperback; $35.96

      Continues where Mushroom Cultivator left off. Mushroom natural history, culturing methods, permaculture, grain and sawdust spawn, gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, design of grow rooms and farms, color plates, resource directory, bibliography, index. Details about visionary wood-chip species, such as P. cyanescens and azurescens.


  • Growing Wild Mushrooms - Bob Harris; Paperback; $12.95

      Good, short book adds some material to ones above. Step-by-step guides to making media and culturing. Field notes on North American Psilocybe species. Illustrated.



  • Acid Dreams : The Cia, Lsd and the Sixties Rebellion - Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain; Paperback; $11.65

      History of LSD. CIA and MK-ULTRA; Leary, Alpert, and Metzner at Harvard and Millbrook (but see Millbrook, below); Kesey and Merry Pranksters; Haight-Ashbury, Diggers, and Summer of Love; Beatles and Lucy in the Sky; counterculture and peace group relations to psychedelics. More coverage about politics and movements than Storming Heaven. Great notes, bibliography, and index.


  • LSD: Still With Us After All These Years - Leigh A. Henderson, William J. Glass; Hardcover; $23.00

      Great report on LSD use today from researchers. Says it's mostly used by upper-class college and late high school youth to escape boredom and challenge themselves, and causes few long-term problems. Good introduction to effects of LSD, and its distribution. Excellent chapter on the relatively rare adverse effects, and one on legal status. Well researched and referenced.


  • LSD Psychotherapy - Stanislav Grof; Paperback; $20.66

      Written for the psychotherapist who may be interested in the clinical use of LSD. Includes history, basic effects, the psycholytic and psychedelic therapies, adverse effects and contraindications, the course of therapy, indications for use, therapeutic mechanisms, and other uses such as training and self-actualization. Many case studies. Good section on helping users with "bad trips" or other problems. Recommended.


  • Practical LSD Manufacture - Uncle Fester, Uncle Fester; Paperback; $17.06

      Recent book postulates several synthesis routes to LSD in detail, including plant sources for lysergic amides and making watched precursors. Also covers production of TMA-2 from calamus root, other notes on making phenethylamines from essential oils, and legal notes. (Not tested, also does not teach advanced organic chemistry techniques needed to do any of this.)


Cannabis / Marijuana


MDMA / Ecstasy



  • Ayahuasca Analogs - J. Ott; Hardcover; $30.00

      Reviews the scientific literature on Ayahuasca in depth, discusses its human pharmacology, and describes its use of various plants containing beta-carbolines and tryptamines. Certain Amazonian species are traditional, but others will work. Ott reports on potions using many temperate-zone species. Well researched and presented.


  • Ayahuasca Visions : The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman - Luis Eduardo Luna, Pablo Amaringo; Hardcover; $60.00

      Stunning art book, with 49 color plates by Pablo Amaringo, painter and vegetalista (plant shaman). Each is incredibly detailed, and the text explains many spirit, plant, animal, and other images. Also details numerous aspects of these healers, their plant allies and culture. Quite breathtaking.




  • People of the Peyote : Huichol Indian History, Religion, & Survival - Stacy B. Schaefer, Peter T. Furst; Hardcover; $59.95

      Extensive, excellent, many faceted study of Huichol Indian development, culture, art, spirit, mythology, and other topics. These eighteen papers from around the world, both scholarly and sensitive, include material from decades of anthropology and directly from Huichols. Schaefer relates the meaning of peyote to Huichols, and describes their temple and its solar geometry. Also Huichol medicine, minority use of a Solanaceae plant, deer-maize-peyote trinity, wolf power, land of the dead, and current political and ecological challenges. Glossary, bibliography, index. Recommended.


  • Peyote : The Divine Cactus - Edward F. Anderson; Paperback; $17.96

      Best introduction to the Peyote plant itself. Use in Mexico by the Huichol; use in the United States; Native American Peyote rituals (including Navajo variations); the Peyote user's experience; some medical uses; pharmacology (with doses and toxicity); chemistry of mescaline and other alkaloids (with structures of 57); botany (with cultivation); legal status; good bibliography and index. Recommended.


  • The Peyote Cult - Weston LA Barre; Paperback; $16.16

      Very good on ethnobotany (cultural use) of Peyote. Scholarly history of ritual and other uses by many peoples; Huichol, Tarahumari, Apache, and Kiowa-Comanche. Interesting appendices: Peyote and the Mescal Bean, Christian Elements in the Peyote Cult, others. Also Peyote botany and chemistry, and summarizes many other studies.


  • Peyote Religion : A History (Civilization of the American Indian, Vol 181) - Omer C. Stewart; Paperback; $15.26

      Great history of Native American Church. Background on Peyote and use in 19th century. Start and spread of Peyotism, 1885 to 1918. Later 20th century developments. Appendices describe variations in ritual in great detail, and one church's canon. Large bibliography. Very readable.




Organic Chemistry

Clandestine Chemistry

  • Practical LSD Manufacture - Uncle Fester, Uncle Fester; Paperback; $17.06

      Recent book postulates several synthesis routes to LSD in detail, including plant sources for lysergic amides and making watched precursors. Also covers production of TMA-2 from calamus root, other notes on making phenethylamines from essential oils, and legal notes.


  • Recreational Drugs - Professor Buzz; Paperback; $21.95

      Some general organic lab techniques, various copied synthesis routes for making hallucinogens and other drugs, buying and making precursors, lab setup, resources. Legal notes are out of date. Interesting; not as easy or as simple as it sounds here.


  • Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture - Uncle Fester; Paperback; $22.46