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The Power of the Poppy: Harnessing Nature's Most Dangerous Plant Ally

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This book offers a sensible approach to the poppy that recognizes the plant as a living, sentient ally that can offer healing or harm and must be approached with respect. Profiles 11 famous users including William S. Burroughs and Lou Reed. Foreword (03/25/2011): An eminently readable book, this examination of...

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This book offers a sensible approach to the poppy that recognizes the plant as a living, sentient ally that can offer healing or harm and must be approached with respect. Profiles 11 famous users including William S. Burroughs and Lou Reed.
Foreword (03/25/2011):
An eminently readable book, this examination of the poppy's contribution to humankind, for both good and ill, belongs on every shelf. Written in a beguiling, conversational tone that kept this reader reading late into the night, the book looks at the history of the poppy and its psychoactive products, the sacred and mystical elements surrounding the plant and its effects on the mind, and the terrible toll that it takes on those addicted to such derivatives as codeine, morphine, and heroin. But it also examines the benefits that the poppy's sap can have for those in pain, both mental and physical, and suggests that perhaps in the US there has been an overreaction to what it argues is not necessarily a moral failing (drug addiction) but a genuine physical and psychological dependence on the poppy's products.
Kenaz Filan not only delves into the pharmacological, botanic, law enforcement, folkloric, and archaeological aspects of the flower that provides everything from a moving memorial to the dead (think Flanders Fields) to the seeds on morning bagels and the dulling of pain, but also looks at the pharmaceutical industry and even relates entertainment history. From the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge to "The Bird," jazz great Charlie Parker, to hip-hopper DJ Screw, Filan relates to us their close ties to the poppy and its mostly deleterious effects on their lives.
There is a section on how to grow poppies: "Opium poppies are a popular garden plant, cherished for their hardiness and their spectacular blooms. . . As is often the case with Poppy, discretion is in order. Those sweet old ladies who appreciate your lovely flowers need not know they are oohing and aahing over "Papaver somniferum."" And another on processing poppy sap to make one's own products, along with warnings about the physical and psychic ills to follow if one allows Poppy to dominate, plus a guide to "getting clean" should the worst happen and the drug commandeer one's life. An open-eyed, unbiased and realistic examination of the history of the poppy and its products, this book will appeal to a broad range of readers. They will not be disappointed. COPYRIGHT(2011) Foreword Magazine, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Biographical Note:
Kenaz Filan is the author of "The Haitian Vodou Handbook," "Vodou Love Magic," and "Vodou Money Magic" and the coauthor of "Drawing Down the Spirits." A frequent contributor to "PanGaia," "Planet Magazine," and "Widdershins," Filan is the former managing editor of "newWitch" magazine and lives in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Jacket Description/Back:
POPULAR CULTURE / ENTHEOGENS "The Power of the Poppy is truly a magnificent book. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of psychoactives, the drug war, or a personal relationship with powerful plant allies." --Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Secret Teachings of Plants Few plant allies have a history as long and well-documented as Papaver somniferum, the celebrated and infamous opium poppy. For thousands of years people around the world have been unable to resist the poppy's siren song of intoxicating pleasure, pain relief, and visionary states--so much so that this potent plant has literally adapted itself to human civilization: in increasing its intoxicating properties, it came to rely solely on humankind for its propagation. From 6,000-year-old poppy seeds found in archaeological digs in Europe to the black tar heroin factories of South America and the modern "War on Drugs," Kenaz Filan explores the history of this enduring plant and its many derivatives--including opium, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl--as well as its symbiotic relationship with humans as medicine, food, intoxicant, and visionary tool. Profiling 11 famous users, including Thomas de Quincey, William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, and DJ Screw, Filan examines how opium and other poppy derivatives inspired them as well as the high price it exacted for its inspiration. Covering techniques of cultivation, extraction, and safe consumption along with methods for overcoming addiction and staying "clean," this book offers a sensible approach to the poppy that recognizes the plant not as a crop to be harvested or eradicated but as a living, sentient ally that can offer healing or harm and must be approached with respect and caution. KENAZ FILAN is the author of The Haitian Vodou Handbook, Vodou Love Magic, and Vodou Money Magic and the coauthor of Drawing Down the Spirits. A frequent contributor to PanGaia, Planet Magazine, and Widdershins, Filan is the former managing editor of newWitch magazine and lives in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Brief Description:
"A comprehensive look at the inspiring, healing, and addictive powers of the Opium Poppy and its derivatives throughout history"--Provided by publisher.

Review Quotes:
""The Power of the Poppy" elucidates the many ways the histories of man and poppy are intertwined and it's full of interesting tidbits along the way. . . If you have an interest in opium and its role in human affairs, "The Power of the Poppy" will be both entertaining and enlightening."

Review Quotes:
""The Power of the Poppy" is truly a magnificent book. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of psychoactives, the drug war, or a personal relationship with powerful plant allies."

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""The Power of the Poppy" offers a frank and precise analysis of the mystical, chemical, and social aspects of a plant that has fascinated humans for millennia. Readers will gain the data they need to make informed decisions."

Review Quotes:
"An eminently readable book, this examination of the poppy's contribution to humankind, for both good and ill, belongs on every shelf. Written in a beguiling, conversational tone that kept this reader reading late into the night. . . An open-eyed, unbiased and realistic examination of the history of the poppy and its products, this book will appear to a broad range of readers. They will not be disappointed."

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"Kenaz Filan's well-researched compilation of Poppy's history, uses, constituents, derivatives, and personal accounts will more than inform you about this powerful plant--it will invite you to deeply consider the price one pays for such a potent ally."

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"Like cannabis, the poppy is an ancient medicinal plant, both revered and maligned. Kenaz Filan performs a crucial service in educating us about its history, both agricultural and cultural, and examining its potential for healing and harm. Most importantly, the author offers hope and heart to those struggling with addiction."

Table of Contents:
Introduction

Part one
History
1 In the Beginning
2 The Bronze Age World
3 Rome
4 The Islamic World
5 The Return to Europe
6 The Colonial Era: 1500-1900
7 The War on Drugs
Part two
Alchemy
8 Morphine
9 Codeine
10 Heroin
11 Kompot
12 Oxycodone
13 Methadone
14 Fentanyl
Part three
Acolytes
15 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
16 Thomas de Quincey
17 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
18 Eugene O'Neill
19 Nelson Algren
20 Charlie Parker
21 William S. Burroughs
22 Lou Reed
23 Gia Carangi
24 Layne Staley
25 Robert Earl "DJ Screw" Davis
Part four
Techniques and Conundrums
26 Cultivation
27 Poppy Tea
28 Pills, Tablets, and Capsules
29 Smoking
30 Insuff lation
31 Injection
32 Dependence, Addiction, and Tolerance
33 Getting Clean and Staying Clean

Afterword
Notes
Index
A comprehensive look at the inspiring, healing, and addictive powers of the Opium Poppy and its derivatives throughout history
- Covers the history, risks, and benefits of opium, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl
- Provides techniques of cultivation, extraction, and safe consumption as well as methods for overcoming addiction and staying "clean"
- Profiles 11 famous users, including Thomas de Quincey, William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, and DJ Screw
Few plant allies have a history as long and well-documented as "Papaver somniferum," the celebrated and infamous opium poppy. For thousands of years people around the world have been unable to resist the poppy's siren song of intoxicating pleasure, pain relief, and visionary states--so much so that this potent plant has literally adapted itself to human civilization: in increasing its intoxicating properties, it came to rely solely on humankind for its propagation.
From 6,000-year-old poppy seeds found in archaeological digs in Europe to the black tar heroin factories of South America and the modern "War on Drugs," Kenaz Filan explores the history of this enduring plant and its many derivatives--including opium, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl--as well as its symbiotic relationship with humans as medicine, food, intoxicant, and visionary tool. Profiling 11 famous users including Thomas de Quincey, William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, and DJ Screw, Filan examines how opium and other poppy derivatives inspired them as well as the high price it exacted for its inspiration. Covering techniques of cultivation, extraction, and safe consumption along with methods for overcoming addiction and staying "clean," this book offers a sensible approach to the poppy that recognizes the plant not as a crop to be harvested or eradicated but as a living, sentient ally that can offer healing or harm and must be approached with respect and caution.

Review Citations:
Foreword 03/25/2011 (EAN 9781594773990, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Filan, Kenaz
Kenaz Filan (Houngan Coquille du Mer) was initiated in Societe la Belle Venus in March 2003 after 10 years of solitary service to the lwa. Filan is the author of "The Haitian Vodou Handbook", "Vodou ""Love"" Magic, "and "Vodou Money Magic" and coauthor of" Drawing Down the Spirits". A frequent contributor to "PanGaia", "Planet Magazine", and "Widdershins", Filan is the former managing editor of "newWitch" magazine and lives in Short Hills, New Jersey.

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