In Psyche Delicacies, globetrotting medicine hunter Chris Kilham gives an impassioned defense of five plants that have all been maligned to greater or lesser degrees. Weaving his own entertaining and illustrative experiences with facts about the substances origin and historical uses, Kilham strongly convinces that far from being bad for you, the five plantscoffee, kava, chili peppers, chocolate, and the ever-controversial cannabiswill help prevent and remedy physical health problems, and boost mental and emotional health. Whether avid coffee drinker or chili pepper aficionado, chocolate lover or part-time cannabis user, no one will feel guilty about moderate use after reading Psyche Delicacies.
Need a lift? Human beings have always been attracted to “psychoactivity,” says author Chris Kilham, and have searched out mind-altering and mood-modifying plants throughout history. Psyche Delicacies 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, including Tales from the Medicine Trail.
“We are built for pleasure,” writes Kilham, who approaches his subject with passion. “Coffee is good for you, good for you, good for you.” Chocolate is the “blissful food of the gods.” Kava is the “peace plant of paradise.” Hell is a place with eternally bad coffee. Kilham describes the history, lore, chemistry, cultivation, and benefits of his chosen plants, including his own personal experiences with them. (You’ll never forget to wash after handling chiles after reading about Kilham’s restroom experience!) He is opinionated (“I cannot in good conscience say anything good about decaffeinated coffee”) and teeming with fervor. If you love any or all of these psychoactive plants, Psyche Delicacies is as entertaining as it is educational, and a terrific gift book. –Joan Price
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