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Pendell, Dale. PHARMAKO GNOSIS: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path San Francisco: Mercury House, (2006.) SIGNED


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Second edition, a large trade paperback.. The final book in his Pharmako trilogy - this one explores the use of "Phantastica, " "Hypnotica" and "Telephorica" - the hallucinogenic plants, the bringers of sleep and the bearers of distance. Pharmacognosis is the branch of pharmacology that deals with herbs and unprepared medicines in their natural state; it weaves together ancient shamanic rites, historic cultural lore and the contemporary use of plant poisons. Dale Pendell is a poet, engineer and ethnobotanist - among other things, .he was the founding editor of KUKSU: Journal of Backcountry Writing. Illustrated throughout. Extensive references, index. 383 pp. INSCRIBED on the half title page "For.. . . the green path",and uncommon thus. Fine in illustrated wrappers. .ISBN # 1562791303 

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