Christian Rätsch


Christian Rätsch, Ph.D., is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants. He is the author of Marijuana Medicine and coauthor of Plants of the Gods, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas, Witchcraft Medicine, and The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants. He lives in Hamburg, Germany, and lectures around the world.

Books By Christian Rätsch

  1. Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas

    Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas

    By Claudia Müller-Ebeling
    By Christian Rätsch

    $49.95
    The result of eighteen years of field research, this book presents for the first time, a comprehensive overview of shamanism that is based on the knowledge and experience of the different tribes from the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.
  2. The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs

    The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs

    By Christian Rätsch
    By Claudia Müller-Ebeling

    $125.00
    This stunning encyclopedia examines the botany, pharmacology, history, preparation, dosage, and practical use of more than 400 erotically stimulating substances from antiquity to the present day. Richly illustrated with more than 800 color photographs.
  3. Pagan Christmas

    Pagan Christmas

    By Christian Rätsch
    By Claudia Müller-Ebeling

    $29.95
    The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. The botanical elements of Christmas provide a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity.
  4. Witchcraft Medicine

    Witchcraft Medicine

    By Claudia Müller-Ebeling
    By Christian Rätsch

    $24.95
    In Witchcraft Medicine the authors examine the women who mix the potions and become the healers, the legacy of Hecate, the sorceress as shaman, and the plants associated with the solstice and Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine and how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.

  5. The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants

    The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants

    By Christian Rätsch

    $125.00
    In the traditions of every culture, psychoactive plants--those known to transport the mind to other dimensions of consciousness--have been regarded as sacred. This book details the history, botany, and use of psychoactive plants and is lavishly illustrated with color photographs of the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactive plants.
  6. LSD and the Divine Scientist

    LSD and the Divine Scientist

    By Albert Hofmann

    $14.95
    Best known as the person who discovered LSD, Albert Hofmann was more than just a chemist. His insights into the human psyche and the nature of reality earned him a reputation as a visionary philosopher. This book--Hofmann’s last work before his death at the age of 102--offers his personal insights on mind-altering drugs, the soul, and the search for meaning in life.
  7. Marijuana Medicine

    Marijuana Medicine

    By Christian Rätsch

    $24.95
    Cannabis has accompanied the development of human culture from its very beginnings. Christian Ratsch profiles the medicinal, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis throughout the world and includes remedies and recipes for using cannabis to treat specific conditions.
  8. Plants of the Gods

    Plants of the Gods

    By Richard Evans Schultes
    By Albert Hofmann

    $29.95
    A complete revision of the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. The authors detail the uses of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites while providing lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these plants and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances associated with them.