"Plant Intoxicants" - by Baron Ernst von Bibra
Psychoactive plants were the object of a pioneering study published in Germany in 1855: this was one of the first books to examine the effects of the world's major stimulants, and here appears in a fine reprint which will refresh new audiences with its blend of travelogue, botanical and physiological detail.
Von Bibra drew on his own travel experiences as well as writings of his predecessors to examine the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of the world's major stimulants and inebriants. He devotes a full chapter to each of 17 plants, ranging from coffee and tea, through tobacco and hashish, to powerful narcotics and hallucinogens such as opium and fly agaric. Witty, engaging, and intellectually open.