Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs: Medicinal Herbs for Treating Psychological and Neurological Problems

1st Edition

Marcello Spinella

Routledge
Published February 25, 2005
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780789018588 - CAT# HW14694

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Summary

Find out how plant-derived drugs react with your brain to produce either healing or harmful results!

The Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs will give you a better understanding of herbal products that have psychological effects. The book explores how they work, how effective they are, and what is known about their safety. Geared towards non-specialist professionals and curious individuals, this guide shows how herbal preparations can affect the brain, mental state, and behavior of a user and includes treatment methods, tables, illustrations, a glossary, and a bibliography.

The Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs contains chapters on several types of psychoactive herbs, including:
  • stimulants
  • cognition-enhancers
  • sedatives
  • painkillers
  • hallucinogens
With the Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs, you’ll examine the effects of psychoactive drugs on the nervous system—both positive and negative. Each chapter discusses a type of herbal medicine, its action on the brain and other systems of the body, side effects, and the potential for addiction. The book closely examines possible drug interactions with prescription medications and emphasizes the caution you need to take when using herbal health products.

In the Concise Handbook of Psychoactive Herbs you will learn about the psychoactive actions of such medicinal plants as:
  • coffee
  • tobacco
  • cannabis
  • ginseng
  • chamomile
  • cocoa
  • opium poppy
  • peyote
  • gingko biloba

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