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Psyche delicacies : coffee, chocolate, chiles, kava, and cannabis, and why they're good for you

Author: Christopher Kilham
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the five most commonly used psychoactive plants: coffee, chocolate, chiles, kava, and cannabis. All are "exquisite works of nature" that "can fit well into a healthy, active lifestyle with little or no harmful effects," writes Kilham, a biological researcher and author of several books.
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Kilham
ISBN: 1579543472 9781579543471
OCLC Number: 47650930
Description: xvii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The "Higher" Plants --
Coffee --
The Noble Bean --
Heaven in a Cup --
King Coffee --
The Legend of K'hawah --
The Coffee Tree --
The Three Kinds of Coffee --
The Precious Beans of Kona --
Harvesting --
Processing --
Roasting --
The March to World Dominance --
Caffeine --
Decaf: A Mistake --
The "New" Coffee --
Just Plain Good for You --
The Search for the Perfect Cup --
Chocolate --
Food of the Gods --
Melts in Your Mind, Not in Your Hand --
Cacao and the Creation --
Cacao the Plant --
Cacao Varieties --
Harvest Time --
Hot, Sticky Beans --
Chocolate Alchemy --
Cacao History --
The Marvelous Methylxanthines --
Chocolate and Your Heart --
What About All the Bad Stuff? --
The Agony of Field Research --
Chiles --
Hellfire in Your Mouth --
The Dreaded Chac Mool --
The Legend of the Chile --
Chile Reverie --
The Plant --
Varieties --
Going to Extremes --
Harvesting --
Curing --
Hot Sauce --
Trial by Fire --
Chilephiles and Chilephobes --
Chiles in History --
The Blazing Capsaicinoids --
Scoville, Measurer of Fire --
A Duel, and a Burning Butt --
Chiles and Health --
Prickly Heat --
Kava --
The Pacific Elixir --
The Legend of Kava --
The Peace Plant --
Volcano Kava --
Kava Cultivars --
Preparing Kava --
Kava's Battle with the Church --
Kava's Tranquil Agents --
Kava as Medicine --
Nature's Answer to Stress --
Kava Studies --
Kava Concerns --
How Much, What Form? --
Kava Colada --
Peace Be with You --
Cannabis --
Ganja Road --
Perspective --
Just Say Know --
You Take It, and Siva Comes --
Identification and Cultivation --
Harvesting Good Buds --
O Great Hashish --
Cannabis Travels --
THC, the Big Kahuna --
Cannabis as Medicine --
Praise the Lord and Pass the Joint --
The Far Horizon --
Maximizing Cannabis Potency --
Ultimate Cannabis Cookies --
Dutch Flowers --
Epilogue --
Into the Fire.
Responsibility: by Chris Kilham.

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Explores the five most commonly used psychoactive plants: coffee, chocolate, chiles, kava, and cannabis. All are "exquisite works of nature" that "can fit well into a healthy, active lifestyle with little or no harmful effects," writes Kilham, a biological researcher and author of several books.

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