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Uses and Abuses of Plant-Derived Smoke : Its Ethnobotany as Hallucinogen, Perfume, Incense, and Medicine - Marcello Pennacchio

Uses and Abuses of Plant-Derived Smoke

Its Ethnobotany as Hallucinogen, Perfume, Incense, and Medicine

Hardcover Published: 14th June 2010
ISBN: 9780195370010
Number Of Pages: 264

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Plants provide the food, shelter, medicines, and biomass that underlie sustainable life. One of the earliest and often overlooked uses of plants is the production of smoke, dating to the time of early hominid species. Plant-derived smoke has had an enormous socio-economic impact throughout human history, being burned for medicinal and recreational purposes, magico-religious ceremonies, pest control, food preservation, and flavoring, perfumes, and incense.

In ten illustrated chapters, this global compendium documents and describes approximately 2,000 global uses for over 1,400 plant species. The Uses and Abuses of Plant-Derived Smoke is accessibly written and provides a wealth of information not only on human uses, but also on conservation issues and the role of smoke, fire, and heat in promoting seed germination in biodiversity hot spots. Divided into nine main categories of use, the compendium lists plant-derived smoke's the medicinal, historical, ceremonial, ritual and recreational uses. Plant use in the production of incense and to preserve and flavor foods and beverages is also included. Each entry includes full binomial names and family, an identification of the person who named the plant, as well as numerous references to and other scholarly texts. Of particular interest will be plants such as Tobacco (Nicotiana tabaccum), Boswellia spp (frankincense), and Datura stramonium (smoked as a treatment for asthma all over the world), all of which are described in great detail.

In addition, this is one of the first ethnobotanical books to include a section on plant conservation. It addresses issues of over-harvest and invasiveness, the two primary conservation concerns with human-exploited species.


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Absolutely fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was filled with useful information, and I recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic. It is an excellent reference book. The author remains impartial to the rights and wrongs in a moral sense of these plants, providing a very factual and interesting read. It is very enlightening for those not so knowledgeable on the topic and provides excellent references for my fellow plant scientists. This book is quite entertaining with its rich provision of surprising details. My final thoughts on this book can be summarised in one sentence: 'Non sum hoc libro legitur.'



Uses and Abuses of Plant-derived Smoke

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"A distinctive, excellent resource for a specialized topic. Readers who think that plant smoke is just for inhaling intoxicants will be surprised by the breadth of human uses of smoke derived from plants, such as seed germination, pest control, and veterinary medicine. Academic libraries supporting programs in areas such as agriculture, ethnobotany, history, cosmetics, and medicine may benefit from this thoroughly researched volume." -- Choice "A fascinating excursion. This book demonstrates that there's a lot more to smoke created from plant material than just nicotine and narcotics. Although this book remains morally neutral on the rights and wrongs of smoking various substances, it goes some way towards countering the view that plant smoke is always a bad thing."--Green Prophet "The list of plants presented through the authors extensive literature search is a valuable entity. Perhaps this book's greatest contribution will be in its ability to stimulate research into identification of phytochemicals in a plant's smoke responsible for its ethnobotanical uses." -- Robert J. Krueger, Ferris St. University, Economic Botany

Foreword Preface and acknowledgments Introduction Fire and Smoke Medicinal Uses for Plant-derived Smoke Purification Evil and Medicine Magico-religious and Ceremonial Uses Incense Incense producing plants Recreational Uses Assassinations Pest Control Perfumes, Flavoring and Preservation Veterinary uses Toxic and obnoxious smoke Smoke signals Bibliography Glossary Index of scientific names Subject index

ISBN: 9780195370010
ISBN-10: 0195370015
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 14th June 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.51