Opium for the Masses

Author: Jim Hogshire
Publisher: Feral House
ISBN: 9781936239016
Release Date: 2009-10-01
Genre: Gardening

"Contrary to general belief, there is no federal law against growing P. somniferum."—Martha Stewart Living "Regarded as 'God's own medicine,' preparations of opium were as common in the Victorian medicine cabinet as aspirin is in ours. As late as 1915, pamphlets issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were still mentioning opium poppies as a good cash crop for northern farmers. Well into this century, Russian, Greek, and Arab immigrants in America have used poppy-head tea as a mild sedative and a remedy for headaches, muscle pain, cough, and diarrhea. During the Civil War, gardeners in the South were encouraged to plant opium for the war effort, in order to ensure a supply of painkillers for the Confederate Army. What Hogshire has done is to excavate this vernacular knowledge and then publish it to the world—in how-to form, with recipes."— Michael Pollan First published fifteen years ago, Opium for the Masses instantly became a national phenomenon. Michael Pollan wrote a lengthy feature ("Opium, made easy") about Jim Hogshire in Harper’s Magazine, amazed that the common plant, P. somniferum, or opium poppies, which grows wild in many states and is available at crafts and hobby stores and nurseries, could also be made into a drinkable tea that acts in a way similar to codeine or Vicodin. With Opium for the Masses as their guide, Americans can learn how to supplement their own medicine chest with natural and legal pain medicine, without costly and difficult trips to the doctor and pharmacy.

Opium for the Masses

Author: Jim Hogshire
Publisher: Loompanics Unltd
ISBN: 1559501146
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Medical

Everything you want to know about the beloved poppy and its amazing properties, including: -- What does the opium high feel like? -- The stunning similarities between opium and your body's natural endorphins -- Morphine and its derivatives -- How to grow opium poppies -- Sources for fertile poppy seeds -- How to harvest the opium from a crop of poppies -- How to make poppy tea -- Other ways of making and ingesting opium -- And much morel Also includes rare photographs and detailed illustrations that bring this magnificent plant to life.

Opium Poppy Garden

Author: William Griffith
Publisher: Ronin Publishing
ISBN: 1579510930
Release Date: 2009-06-15
Genre: Gardening

A complete guide to cultivating and harvesting the beautiful opium poppy. The opium poppy is a potent plant that has been cultivated and used for thousands of years to alleviate suffering. The use of plant substances as alternatives to synthetic medicines is resurging due to their beneficial properties and less-toxic side effects. For example, many cancer and HIV sufferers are growing opium for personal use. Opium Poppy Garden is the only book available that describes the cultivation, harvest and pharmacology of opium in a format that combines literary and instructional writing. The heart of the book is the tale of Ch'ien, a young Chinese man who travels from Costa Rica to Columbia to grow an opium garden in the manner his Taoist grandfather taught him. The story, in conjunction with "The Cultivator's Diary" and the technical appendix, provide the reader with a working knowledge of this plant.

Opium Culture

Author: Peter Lee
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
ISBN: 1594770751
Release Date: 2006-01
Genre: History

In Opium Culture, Peter Lee presents a fascinating narrative that covers every aspect of the art and craft of opium use. The text is studded with gems of long forgotten opium arcana, dispelling many of the persistent myths about opium and its users, and includes information on the suppression of opium by the modern pharmaceutical industry.

Hydroponic Heroin

Author: Robert Neil Bunch
Publisher: Loompanics Unltd
ISBN: CORNELL:31924067909717
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Gardening

So you think you can't grow opium poppies because you don't have a patch of dirt in the middle of nowhere? Poppycock. The Babylonians used this method in their Hanging Gardens, as did the ancient Chinese, Aztecs & Mayans in their celebrated floating gardens. Now, author Robert Bunch reveals their secrets to year-round indoor growing without dirt - which you can put to use for the same price you'd pay for an ounce of fine marijuana! You'll also learn: How to avoid the menacing eyes of infrared detectors & nosy neighbors How to combat an overdose What size garden is right for you How to control your opium - without it controlling you How to purchase equipment without arousing suspicion You've already taken the first step into the world of hydroponic growing just by picking up this book. Now, with just a little water & a few easily obtained start-up items, you're on your way to becoming an opium farmer in your own home.

Opium Fiend

Author: Steven Martin
Publisher: Villard
ISBN: 9780345517852
Release Date: 2012-06-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A renowned authority on the secret world of opium recounts his descent into ruinous obsession with one of the world’s oldest and most seductive drugs, in this harrowing memoir of addiction and recovery. A natural-born collector with a nose for exotic adventure, San Diego–born Steven Martin followed his bliss to Southeast Asia, where he found work as a freelance journalist. While researching an article about the vanishing culture of opium smoking, he was inspired to begin collecting rare nineteenth-century opium-smoking equipment. Over time, he amassed a valuable assortment of exquisite pipes, antique lamps, and other opium-related accessories—and began putting it all to use by smoking an extremely potent form of the drug called chandu. But what started out as recreational use grew into a thirty-pipe-a-day habit that consumed Martin’s every waking hour, left him incapable of work, and exacted a frightful physical and financial toll. In passages that will send a chill up the spine of anyone who has ever lived in the shadow of substance abuse, Martin chronicles his efforts to control and then conquer his addiction—from quitting cold turkey to taking “the cure” at a Buddhist monastery in the Thai countryside. At once a powerful personal story and a fascinating historical survey, Opium Fiend brims with anecdotes and lore surrounding the drug that some have called the methamphetamine of the nineteenth-century. It recalls the heyday of opium smoking in the United States and Europe and takes us inside the befogged opium dens of China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. The drug’s beguiling effects are described in vivid detail—as are the excruciating pains of withdrawal—and there are intoxicating tales of pipes shared with an eclectic collection of opium aficionados, from Dutch dilettantes to hard-core addicts to world-weary foreign correspondents. A compelling tale of one man’s transformation from respected scholar to hapless drug slave, Opium Fiend puts us under opium’s spell alongside its protagonist, allowing contemporary readers to experience anew the insidious allure of a diabolical vice that the world has all but forgotten. From the Hardcover edition.

The Qing Empire and the Opium War

Author: Mao Haijian
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107069879
Release Date: 2016-09-30
Genre: History

The Opium War of 1839-43, the first military conflict to take place between China and the West, is a subject of enduring interest. Mao Haijian, one of the most distinguished and well-known historians working in China, presents the culmination of more than ten years of research in a revisionist reading of the conflict and its main Chinese protagonists. Mao examines the Qing participants in terms of the moral standards and intellectual norms of their own time, demonstrating that actions which have struck later observers as ridiculous can be understood as reasonable within these individuals' own context. This English-language translation of Mao's work offers a comprehensive response to the question of why the Qing Empire was so badly defeated by the British in the first Opium War - an answer that is distinctive and original within both Chinese and Western historiography, and supported by a wealth of hitherto unknown detail.

Poppies

Author: C. Grey-Wilson
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
ISBN: 0881925039
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Gardening

Poppies, first published in 1993, was the first book devoted exclusively to these popular plants. Not only are the true poppies, genus Papaver, covered, but all the other members of the poppy family as well, including Glaucium, Dendromecon, Eschscholzia, Arctomecon, Argemone, Canbya, the plumed poppies Macleaya, Meconopsis, Roemeria, and many more. Grey-Wilson concentrates primarily on species and forms in cultivation, together with those species of striking or particular interest that are not present in cultivation but fully deserve to be introduced. For this new edition, the author included much new information about recent discoveries in the wild, as well as new cultivars introduced since Poppies was first published. There are general chapters on the family, cultivation, and classification, and a key to the genera. The individual genera, grouped into their respective subfamilies, are dealt with in detail, as are their more specialized cultivation requirements. Important synonyms have been included to avoid confusion or ambiguity. Botanical authorities are given for all recognized species and synonyms. This work will be very welcome to committed gardeners and horticulturists as a much-needed-and profusely illustrated-source of practical and botanical information.

Nollywood

Author: Jonathan Haynes
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226387956
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: History

The English-language branch of the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, has become the third largest in the world. Nollywood films saturate Nigeria and have spread across the African continent, achieving an astonishing extent and depth of cultural influence. They are the most important modern cultural form to come out of Africa. In this book, Jonathan Haynes aims to map out the cultural terrain of Nollywood films much more comprehensively and ambitiously than has been to date. He in effect establishes a canon for Nollywood films. The book is organized around the historical development of Nollywood film culture, which is explored with close attention to the recent history of Nigeria. Throughout the book, genre (defined with reference to common usage in Nigerian film markets) is the principal framework. Thus after establishing a sense of the material and social circumstances out of which Nollywood was born and exploring a few landmark films, Haynes analyzes the durable set of themes and plot types that dominate the industry and reveal deeply embedded tensions in contemporary Nigerian life. These genres include family films and romances, village films, cultural epics, political films, films made in or about the Nigerian diaspora, and campus films. Haynes concludes by offering some remarks on the future of Nollywood, exploring the buzz around a New Nollywood of films with higher budgets fit for international film festivals and widespread screening in cinemas in Nigeria and abroad."

Legally Stoned

Author: Todd A. Thies
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 0806531118
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Social Science

A clear, comprehensive and concrete guide to legally obtaining several psychoactive substances and using them to alter consciousness, Legally Stoned is the first 'how-to' book for legal drug use. More than just a practical guide to legal highs, however, it also discusses the social and political aspects of legal drug use and presents an argument against the current war on drugs, giving readers the information they need to make up their own minds - or to legally alter them.

The Simple Heart Cure

Author: Chauncey Crandall, M.D.
Publisher: Humanix Books
ISBN: 9781630060077
Release Date: 2013-10-22
Genre: Medical

Heart disease kills more people than any other medical condition, and no one is more aware of this than renowned cardiologist Dr. Chauncey Crandall. In addition to having performed over 40,000 heart procedures during his career, Dr. Crandall has experienced this deadly disease on the most personal level — as a patient. At the age of 48, and with no major risk factors, he found himself in the ER with a blockage of his main coronary artery. After emergency intervention, he recovered from heart disease using the same course of treatment he recommends to his thousands of patients, making him living proof of his program’s success. In his new book, The Simple Heart Cure: The 90-Day Program to Stop and Reverse Heart Disease, you’ll find this top doc’s groundbreaking, three-pronged approach to prevent and reverse heart disease — an approach honed by his study of cultures free of heart disease, and his decades of experience helping thousands of patients achieve a healthier heart at any age. So if you’re recovering from a heart attack or concerned with preventive maintenance, you’ll find the help you need in The Simple Heart Cure, including great, heart-healthy menus, and a 90-day, week-by-week plan to help you start taking action immediately. Here are just a few of the potentially life-saving gems you’ll discover in The Simple Heart Cure: The 90-Day Program to Stop and Reverse Heart Disease: How to slash your risk of a deadly heart attack by 61%... Proven ways to banish your “bad” cholesterol… 8 easy steps to head off high blood pressure… How you can safeguard against lethal stroke… Simple strategies to unclog your arteries — without surgery… What your belly says about your heart health… Must-have heart tests for every person over 50… Easy solutions to steer clear of statin drugs… Special advice for women, diabetics, the very stressed, and much more… “By following the advice in Dr. Chauncey Crandall’s new book The Simple Heart Cure, you can surmount the biggest challenge of all and win your battle against heart disease.” — Scott Carpenter, Astronaut, NASA’s Mercury Project When it comes to your heart health, The Simple Heart Cure could be the most important book you’ll ever read! Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

The House of the Scorpion

Author: Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143910655X
Release Date: 2010-05-11
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

MATTEO ALACRáN WAS NOT BORN; HE WAS HARVESTED. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster -- except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.