Category: 1971 – 2000

On Drugs by David Lenson

Originally published in 1995 ‘On Drugs’ by David Lenson is a fascinating and enlightening pharmacography on the cultural reception of drugs from the point-of-view of the user. The author had previously published works that included ‘Achilles’ Choice’ (1975) and ‘The...

Psychedelic Shamanism by Jim DeKorne

Originally published in 1994 ‘Psychedelic Shamanism’ by Jim DeKorne grew into something of an ‘underground classic’. The updated edition, from which this review has been written, was published in 2011 and follows the publication of the book’s sequel ‘The Cracking...

Pharmako/Poeia by Dale Pendell

Dale Pendell’s ‘Pharmako/Poeia – Power Plants, Poisons & Herbcraft’ was originally published in 1995. This review  is written from the updated 2010 North Atlantic edition. Pendell is an author and poet whose written works include ‘Inspired Madness: The Gifts of...

Blue Tide by Mike Jay

Originally published in 1999 ‘Blue Tide – The Search for Soma’ by Mike Jay is the story of the author’s search for the potentially psychedelic plant soma. In attempting to unravel its mysteries, Jay is tackling, what is felt by...

Emperors of Dreams by Mike Jay

Originally published in 2000 ‘Emperors of Dreams – Drugs in the Nineteenth Century’ by Mike Jay is an extraordinary examination of the proliferation of various drugs during an enlightenment fuelled Victorian age. Drawing on meticulous research, the book manages to...

On Hashish by Walter Benjamin

‘On Hashish’ is a selection of protocols and various writings on intoxication by Walter Benjamin. They are based on experiments that took place between 1927-1934 in Berlin, Marseille and Ibiza. Many were conducted in group conditions, which included individuals like...

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