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  Three scientific titans join forces to completely revise the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. They provide a fascinating testimony of these "plants of the gods", tracing their uses throughout the world and their significance in shaping culture and history. 

The text is lavishly illustrated with over 350 rare photographs of plants, people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactive flora.

"Carefully researched, beautifully written, and abundantly  illustrated, this book reminds us that use of hallucinogenic plants has been a fundamental part of human experience for millennia"    

Michael R. Aldrich, PH. D., Curator Fitz Hugh Ludlow Library


Plants of

Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
Revised edition

by Richard Evans Schultes

and Albert Hofmann

Up-dated by

Christian Rätsch





7 5/8 x 10 3/8 in.

19,5 x 26,5 cm

208 pages

Over 350 illustrations,

mainly in full colour





What are Plant Hallucinogens?

The Plant Kingdom

Phytochemical Research on Sacred Plants

Geography of Usage and Botanical Range

Plant Lexicon

Who uses Hallucinogenic Plants

Overview of Plant Use

The most important Hallucinogenic Plants

Mainstay of the Heavans

The Hexing Herbs

The Nectar of Delight

St. Anthony's Fire

Holy Flower of the North Star

Guide to the Ancestors

Beans of the Hekula Spirit

Seeds of Civilizations

The Magic Drink of the Amazon

Ayahuasca Analogs

Trumpets of the Angels

The Tracks of the Little Deer

Little Flowers of the Gods

Diviner's Sage

Cactus of the Four Winds

Vines of the Serpent

Semen of the Sun

Gateway to Dreamtime

Chemical Structure of Hallucinogens

Uses of Hallucinogens in Medicine





Richard Evans Schultes is a Jeffrey Professor of biology and director of the Botanical Museum at Harvard University (Emeritus).


Albert Hofmann, discoverer of LSD, is the retired director of the Pharmaceutical-Chemical Research Laboratories of Sandoz, Ltd., in Basle, Switzerland.

Together they have presented a fascinating and moving testimoney of the use of hallucinogens throughout history and across the planet.


Christian Rätsch, a specialist in the cultural use of psychoactive plants, is the author of numerous bnooks. A resident of Germany, he is currently serving as the president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine.