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Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs
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Author(s) :
Marcello Spinella
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Edition(s) at Erowid :
2005(pb,1st ed,fine)
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Haworthe Herbal Press
The Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs will give you a clear understanding of herbal products that have psychological effects, such as coffee, tobacco, ginkgo, cannabis, and ginseng. The book explores various types of psychoactive herbs, focusing on how they work, how effective they are, and what is known about their safety. Geared toward nonspecialist professionals and curious individuals, this guide shows how herbal preparations can affect the brain, mental state, and behavior of a user and includes treatment methods, tables, illustrations, a helpful glossary, and a bibliography for further reading on the subject.

"Much-needed...A valuable reference text for herbalists, physicians, researchers, policymakers, and all other professionals with an interest in this area. Provides the reader with the essential background about psychoactive herbs. This is an outstanding summary that covers commonly used herbal supplements such as ginseng as well as the more exotic plant-based options such as hallucinogenic mushrooms."
-- Edzard Ernst, MD, POhD, FRCP, Professor of Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, Devon, U.K.

"A scientifically sound introduction to the role of herbs in mental health. This well-written book provides an informative overview of the topic. It offers an unbiased view of the current state of knowledge of various herbs and their potential psychoactive properties. Dr. Spinella clearly differentiates folklore from proven clinical fact, highlighting the importance of well-designed clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of any compound throught to affect mood and behavior."
-- David A. Baron, DO, MSEd, Prof. and Chair, Dept of Psychiatry, Temple Univ. School of Medicine

"Until now, the average person interested in the psychopharmacology of herbals did not have access to an easily understandable and reputable source of information. This book will be helpful to health care practitioners and patients who are not well versed in the therapeutic utility and potential risks associated with herbal preparations. Health care practitioners will be better prepared to provide intelligent advice to patients who take over-the-counter herbal medications."
-- Juan Sanchez-Ramos, MD, PhD, Prof of Neurology, Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Univ of S. Florida, Tampa.