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The Opium Poppy Bookstore

Welcome to the OpiumPoppies.org Book Store, where you can find a variety of titles relating to all aspects of the Opium Poppy. The proceeds from the store help fund the continued maintenance and operation of poppies.org.

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Essential Reading :

A Guide to the Poppy Family in the Wild and in Cultivation
A comprehensive monograph on the classification, propagation, and cultivation of poppies. Data on genera and species are arranged by subfamilies and well indexed. Landscaping and planting suggestions and often-hard-to-find historical data are included. Illustrated with line drawings and photographs. An organized and comprehensive source of information heretofore available only in scattered resources.

Opium For The Masses
Considered the definitive resource on cultivation and use. Buy it now, you won't regret it. Nuff said.

Opium: A Portrait of a Heavenly Demon
This is a gorgeous cloth bound book, that will guide you through the poppy fields of India to the smokey opium dens of Asia, Europe, and North America. 'Opium' offers an intriguing illustrated history that is filled with evocative images from antique postcards, rare engravings, and hollywood stills.

Confessions of an Opium-Eater and Other Writings
A fascinating account of the pains and pleasures of opium as well as an autobiographical account of De Quincy's youth. Also includes "On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth," "The English Mail-Coach," and the "Suspiria de Profundis".

Opium, Empire and the Global Political Economy : A Study of the Asian Opium Trade 1750-1950
Recommended by forum member Somnibus, who says "Check out Mr. Trocki's book... He deals with several of the recipes of yesteryear and of the fallecious statements of the media today..." Weighing in at a whopping $90, Opium Empire may be expensive, but is well worth the price not just for the wealth of interesting history but also for the recipies and instructional materials to be found within its pages. Also available in a less-expensive softcover version.

Growing, Cultivation and Usage:

A Guide to the Poppy Family in the Wild and in Cultivation
A comprehensive monograph on the classification, propagation, and cultivation of poppies. Data on genera and species are arranged by subfamilies and well indexed. Landscaping and planting suggestions and often-hard-to-find historical data are included. Illustrated with line drawings and photographs. An organized source of information heretofore available in scattered resources.

Opium Poppy: Botany, Chemistry, and Pharmacology
Chock full of chemistry info, although potentially quite dry to the layperson.

Opium Poppy Garden: The Way of a Chinese Grower
A lovely tale of a young Chinese immigrant in South America offeres some insight to the "way of a Chinese Grower" and what the culture is like. Excellent depth into pharmacologic properties, particularly chemical structure of medicinal components and traditional harvesting methods and tools.

Hydroponics:

Hydroponic Heroin: How to Grow Opium Poppies Without Soil
Hydroponic Heroin, by Robert Bunch, reveals how to grow poppies year round without dirt, right in your own home. What's more, you'll learn how to turn that opium into heroin in just three easy steps.

How to Hydroponics
How To Hydroponics Third Edition is the do it yourselfers dream guide to getting started with hydroponic gardening. Featuring in depth and fully illustrated examples of how to build cutting edge hydroponic and aeroponic systems capable of growing all your favorite foods, flowers, herbs and spices. The third edition includes chapters on indoor lighting for horticulture and ideas for small space indoor gardens.

Gardening Indoors With Rockwool
Gardening Indoors with Rockwool gives all new information in easy-to-understand format. It is a step-by-step guide to achieving 20 to 50% higher yields with rockwool; how to make your own rockwool hydroponic garden; how to make plants grow faster and more lushly; how to grow the absolute biggest flowers and how to monitor pH and EC of the rockwool nutrients.

Hydroponics : A Practical Guide for the Soilless Grower
Following a discussion of how plants grow, various hydroponic/soilless systems are described in detail, along with their advantages and disadvantages. The author focuses on the nutritional requirements of plants and how best to prepare and use nutrient solutions to satisfy the nutrient element requirement of plants. Valuable information, including nutrient solution formulas, are provided for the commercial grower, the researcher, the hobbyist, and the student.

History and The Poppy:

Opium : A History
With personages from Khun Sa to Coleridge to Kurt Cobain populating its far-ranging pages, Opium: A History provides a comprehensive look at the drug as it's been used, abused, fought over, and profited from throughout the millennia.

Burma in Revolt : Opium and Insurgency Since 1948
Explores the interrelationship of drugs, insurgency, counterinsurgency, and politics in a poor and bitterly divided nation now in its 47th year of internal warfare.

The Chinese Opium Wars
History of the Opium Wars in China.

Opium Regimes: China, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952
Opium is more than just a drug extracted from poppies. Opium Regimes integrates the pioneering research of sixteen scholars to show that the opium trade was not purely a British operation but involved Chinese merchants, Chinese state agents, and Japanese imperialists as well.

Opium, Empire and the Global Political Economy : A Study of the Asian Opium Trade 1750-1950
Recommended by forum member Somnibus, who says "Check out Mr. Trocki's book... He deals with several of the recipes of yesteryear and of the fallecious statements of the media today..." Weighing in at a whopping $90, Opium Empire may be expensive, but is well worth the price not just for the wealth of interesting history but also for the recipies and instructional materials to be found within its pages. Also available in a less-expensive softcover version.

Papaver Inspired Literature:

Confessions of an English Opium Eater
De Quincey lived his full three score years and ten. But few would have predicted it, for his father and numerous of his siblings were carried off by tuberculosis. He owed his survival to opium: its powers kept the disease at bay, but in trade it kept De Quincey its slave. This version does not include the extra writings included in the version listed under the Rev's recommendations.

how to stop time : heroin from A to Z
Ann Marlowe is the antithesis of the junkie stereotype. Throughout her seven-year addiction, she never shot up, never lived on the street, and never resorted to selling drugs or her body to sustain her habit. In short, she never bottomed out. As a result, readers with the preconception that all druggies end up on the dark side may put this book down and ask, "What's interesting about her addiction?" Ironically, it is precisely this absence of severity that makes Marlowe's memoir intriguing.

Artificial Paradises: Baudelaire's Classic Work on Opium and Wine
At the time of its release in 1860, Baudelaire's "Artificial Paradises" met with immediate praise. Beautifully wrought, this portrait of the effects of wine, opium, and hashish on the mind captures the dreamlike visions that the author experienced during his narcotic trances.

Diary of a Drug Fiend
Considered by many to be one of Aleister Crowley's best works on a non-magickal subject, Diary of a Drug Fiend describes cocaine and heroin thoroughly, from the only perspective that matters; their effects on the individuals who use them.

Dr. Judas: A Portrayal of the Opium Habit
Another account of one mans trials with the sweet princess called Opium.

The Man With the Golden Arm
Set in Chicago's West Side, this novel evokes the gritty street life of petty criminals and hustlers. Hero Frankie Machine is a shrewd poker dealer whose "golden arm" shakes as he relies on morphine to overcome the pain of a war injury and to numb the guilt he feels for a drunken spree that put his wife Sophie in a wheelchair.

Misc:

Pills a Go Go : Fiendish Investigation into Pill Marketing, Art, History, and Consumption
Besides "the best tidbits" from the 'zine Pills-A-Go-Go, Hogshire showcases stuff about drug paraphernalia and "inspiring graphics" concerned with "the many taboo, absurd, ignored and forgotten ways pills continue to shape our lives." And then there are the instructional pieces. The kind of instruction offered is practical, especially for home labs, and includes "Making Hard Drugs Out of Mom's Codeine Pills" and "Hacking Valium" (i.e., making diazepam).


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