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The Power of the Poppy

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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

About the Author

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.


"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 * "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." *, May 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. . . 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." * Marlene Y. Satter, ForeWord Magazine, March 2011 * "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." * Elizabeth Barrette, author of Composing Magic * "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." * Julie Holland, editor of Ecstasy: The Complete Guide and The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis * "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." * Pam Montgomery, herbalist and author of Plant Spirit Healing *

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