The 2018 ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award went to Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs: 50 Years of Research, Volumes I and II (ESPD50).
The text, edited by Dennis J. McKenna, PhD, and published by Synergetic Press, compiles the proceedings from the first ESPD symposium in 1967 and the 50th anniversary symposium in 2017 and contains papers from some of the most well-known and well-regarded experts in the field.
Dr McKenna, who commented: “Many discoveries were made in the five decades between the 1967 symposium and the 2017 symposium. The topics covered were timely then, and are even more timely now, as the habitats and cultures that are the holders of the knowledge are disappearing rapidly…. Science has always looked to nature for psychoactive remedies that may be used to alleviate human suffering. It is my hope that these symposium volumes will inspire a new generation of young investigators to continue this quest.”
A video of Dr. McKenna’s acceptance of the award in absentia is available here.