Drugs of the Dreaming

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  • Copyright: 2007-05-21
  • Publisher: Park Street Pr
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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.

Author Biography

Gianluca Toro, an environmental chemist, is the author in Italian of Animali Psicoattivi (Psychoactive Animals) and numerous articles about naturally occurring and synthetic dream-enhancing agents. He lives in Italy. Benjamin Thomas is an independent researcher specializing in the effects of drugs and plant extracts on humans, particularly in Papua New Guinea. He has published many articles covering a wide range of subjects and lives in Australia.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Non-Ordinary States of Consciousnessp. 1
A History of Dreamp. 16
The Oneirocosmos: Sleep and Dream Chemistryp. 23
Phyto-Oneirogenica: Plantsp. 28
Brugmansia spp.
Calea zacatechichi
Casimiroa edulis
Clematis virginiana
Cymbopogon densiflorus
Cypripedium calceolus
Desfontainia spinosa
Duboisi hopwoodii
Elaeagnus sp.
Entada rheedii
Erythrina americana
Galbulimima belgraveana
Heimia salicifolia
Homalomena sp.
Hyoscyamus muticus
Kaempferia galanga
Lycopodium spp.
Mimosa hostilis
Myristica fragrans
Salvia divinorum
Scirpus sp.
Silene capensis
Turbina corymbosa
Ugni candollei
Xeromphis sp.
Oneiromagicals: Oneirogens in Ancient and Modern Magicp. 65
Myco-Oneirogenica: Mushroomsp. 78
Amanita muscaria
Psilocybian mushrooms
Lycoperdon spp.
Boletus manicus
Parasitic Mushrooms
Zoo-Oneirogenica: Animalsp. 85
Giraffa camelopardalis
Dream Fish
Bamboo Worm
Bromato-Oneirogenica: Foodsp. 91
Oneiro-Chymica: Endogenous and Synthetic Compoundsp. 95
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Psychoactive Substancesp. 104
Oneiropoeia Tablesp. 108
Phyto-Oneirogenica: Plantsp. 109
Myco-Oneirogenica: Mushroomsp. 114
Zoo-Oneirogenica: Animalsp. 115
Bromato-Oneirogenica: Foodsp. 115
Oneiro-Chymica: Endogenous and Synthetic Compoundsp. 116
Notesp. 118
Bibliographyp. 121
Oneiropaedia Index of Cited Species and Compoundsp. 132
Indexp. 144
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