Drugs of the Dreaming

Drugs of the Dreaming

Oneirogens : Salvia Divinorum and Other Dream-enhancing Plants

Book - 2007
Rate this:
Book News
Italian environmental chemist Toro and Australian researcher Thomas, a specialist in the effects of drugs and plant extracts on humans, particularly in Papua New Guinea, explore a special class of psychoactive plants that are used to induce and enhance dreams. Besides profiling 26 specific plants, they discuss non-ordinary states of consciousness, a history of dream, sleep and dream chemistry, oneirogens in ancient and modern magic, from animal sources, from food sources, and endogenous and synthetic compounds. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Inner Traditions
This first comprehensive guide to oneirogens--naturally occurring substances that induce and enhance dreaming--details the properties and actions of these dream allies, establishing ethnobotanical profiles for 35 oneirogens, explaining the historical use of each, its method of action, and what light it sheds on the scientific mechanism of dreaming.
The first comprehensive guide to oneirogens--naturally occurring substances that induce and enhance dreaming

• Includes extensive monographs on dream-enhancing substances derived from plant, animal, and human sources

• Presents the results of scientific experiments on the effects of using oneirogens

• Shows how studies in this area of ethnobotany can yield a scientific understanding of the mysterious mechanism of dreams

Oneirogens are plant and animal substances that have long been used to facilitate powerful and productive dreaming. From the beginning of civilization, dreams have guided the inner and outer life of human beings both in relation to each other and to the divine. For centuries shamans have employed oneirogens in finding meaning and healing in their dreams.

Drugs of the Dreaming details the properties and actions of these dream allies, establishing ethnobotanical profiles for 35 oneirogens, including those extracted from organic sources--such as Calea zacatechichi (dream herb or “leaf of the god”), Salvia divinorum, and a variety of plants from North and South America and the Pacific used in shamanic practices--as well as synthetically derived oneirogens. They explain the historical use of each oneirogen, its method of action, and what light it sheds on the scientific mechanism of dreaming. They conclude that oneirogens enhance the comprehensibility and facility of the dream/dreamer relationship and hold a powerful key for discerning the psychological needs and destinies of dreamers in the modern world.

Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Park Street Press, c2007
ISBN: 159477174X (pbk.)
9781594771743 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 615.7883 TOR
Characteristics: ix, 149 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Thomas, Benjamin 1970-

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at KCLS

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top