World-renowned Ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna provides a comprehensive history of drugs and their impact on society. This go-to guide provides encyclopedic and accessible knowledge on our species’ long-standing history with psychoactives, from psychedelic use by early humans, to the political and social impacts of commodities such as sugar and tobacco, and the war on drugs. McKenna’s explanations are scientific enough to learn something without bogging you down with the details. McKenna argues that Shamanic revelations from drug use are an integral part of human history and culture which cannot be disentangled from humanity itself.
Reviews on Food of the Gods
“Deserves to be the modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens.”—The Washington Post
“Terence McKenna is the most important—and most entertaining—visionary scholar in America.”—Tom Robbins
“The culture’s foremost spokesperson for the psychedelic experience . . . Those who know and enjoy Joseph Campbell’s work will almost certainly appreciate McKenna.”—L.A. Weekly
“An eloquent proposal for recovering something vital—a sense of the sacred, the transcendent, the Absolute—before it’s too late.”—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning & Medicine, Recovering the Soul, and Space, Time & Machine