Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Pathfocuses on plant-based and derivative psychedelic "teachers" (including ayahuasca, peyote, LSD, and DMT) and on the "poison path" of substances such as belladonna, ketamine, and ibogaine. Each substance is explored in detail, not only with information on its history, pharmacology, preparation, and cultural and esoteric correspondences, but also the subtleties of each plant’s effect on consciousness in a way that only poets can do. The whole concoction is sprinkled with abundant quotations from famous writers, creating a literary brew as intoxicating as its subject.
ThePharmakoseries includes the predecessor volumesPharmako/Poeia(which covers tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opiates, salvia divinorum, and other substances) andPharmako/Dynamis(focusing on stimulants and empathogens).
“If Homer had been a drug connoisseur, his epic poems would have sounded like this. . . . Pendell may be America’s answer to Blake, Coleridge and Wordsworth.” — Emily Green,Los Angeles Times