Drugs of the Dreaming
Oneirogens: Salvia divinorum and Other Dream Enhancing Plants
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Park Street Press
BACK COVER #Foreword by Jonathan Ott.
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 resources.
- 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.
Drugs of the Dreaming details the properties and actions of these dream allies, establishing ethnobatnical profiles for 35 oneirogens, including those extracted from organic sources--such as Calea zacatechichi (dream herb or "leaf of the gods"), Salvia divinorum, and a variety of plants from North and Sourth American and the Pacific sued in shamanic practices--as well as synthetically dreived oneirogens. They explain the historical use of each oneiroge, 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.