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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898158397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898158397
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

PAUL STAMETS is the founder of Fungi Perfecti and codirector and founder of the Rainforest Mushroom Genome and Mycodiversity Preservation Project. He is the author of two seminal textbooks, The Mushroom Cultivator and GROWING GOURMET AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS, has been published in numerous journals, and is presenting more lectures on mycology than he can keep track of. An advisor and consultant to the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School and the 1998 recipient of the Collective Heritage Institute’s Bioneers Award, Stamets lives in Kamilche Point, Washington with his collection of more than 250 medicinal mushroom cultures.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Burnt Rice on Dec 3 2003
Format: Paperback
This is by far the most descriptive and complete guide to psychoactive mushrooms and their deadly look-alikes I have ever read. LOTS of cool, detailed color pictures to help with both identification and leisure entertainment.
The book is comprised of the following:
-5 pages on the history of them
-6 pages on their distribution around the world
-8 pages on general places they like to grow (e.g. under a bush or something)
-12 pages on tips for good trips
-20 pages on identification & collection techniques
-123 pages on just about every species of psychoactive mushrooms known to man (pics, description, habitat, etc.) both highly active and relatives that have low chemical content
-10 pages on deadly look-alikes
-includes a glossary, recommended reading, bibliography, and index
This is the best all-around book on this subject! Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By derek aitchison on Feb. 3 2013
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Probably the best book out there on psilocybin mushrooms. Has a great introduction with lots of historical information about their use from thousands of years ago to the present. The book also addresses the misconstrued idea of people being poisoned by magic mushrooms which has been shown to be due improper identification of another mushroom variety not in this family.The aim of the book is to provide a very clear , methodical, and easy to follow process to identify and consume these psilocybin mushrooms. As the author says, if people are going to gather and take them regardless of what any 'authority' says then it only makes sense to give them an unbiased and scientific source of information in order to do so. I believe the earth herself put them there for a reason- to help humans reconnect to what they have forgotten. For the curious or avidly interested this very informative book to help you identify through many hundreds of colour pictures and taxonomic keys. Very readable,interesting, and enjoyable over all.
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This book is the best single resource for information about Psilocybin mushrooms. The book starts out with a brief history of the use of these mushrooms, and then moves on to a
general review on their nature and habitat. There is an extensive section listing many different kinds of Psilocybes and similar mushrooms with a thorough description and photograph on most of them.

If there is a single flaw in this book, it would be that the pictures are small, and therefore difficult to scan for details. Also, some of the pictures aren't very good in general, making it difficult to see how the mushrooms in the pictures match the descriptions in the book. I would suggest more and bigger photographs for the second edition of this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with any kind of interest in Psilocybe mushrooms
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This book is a must for any enthusiest of Magic Mushrooms. The Photographs and detailed descriptions of the various species make this book a definite must for anyone wanting to identify Magic mushrooms, including deadly look alikes. The book is a complete guide, from history, experiences and all relative information that you could want. Paul Stamet's is "The Man" of mushrooms and a lot of his time and effort has gone into making this book factual and interesting. Hope you enjoy this book a much a I have.
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