Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work (Maps of the Mind) by Ciaran Regan

By Ciaran Regan

Why do people who smoke declare that the 1st cigarette of the day is the easiest? what's the organic foundation at the back of a few heavy drinkers' trust that the "hair-of-the-dog" procedure alleviates the results of a hangover? Why does marijuana appear to impact ones problem-solving ability? Intoxicating Minds is, within the author's phrases, "a grand excavation of drug myth." Neither extolling nor condemning drug use, it's a tale of clinical and inventive fulfillment, warfare and greed, empires and religions, and classes for the future.

Ciaran Regan seems at each one category of substances, describing the old evolution in their use, explaining how they paintings in the brain's neurophysiology, and outlining the elemental pharmacology of these elements. From a attention of the impression of stimulants, reminiscent of caffeine and nicotine, and the explanations and outcomes in their surprising recognition within the 17th century, the ebook strikes to a dialogue of extra glossy stimulants, resembling cocaine and ecstasy. furthermore, Regan explains how we technique reminiscence, the character of notion issues, and cures for treating melancholy and schizophrenia. Regan then considers psychedelic medicines and their perceived mystical homes and strains the background of placebos to old civilizations. eventually, Intoxicating Minds considers the actual effects of our co-evolution with drugs—how they've got altered our very being—and bargains a glimpse of the courageous new international of drug therapies.

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