Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

By Ciaran Regan

Why do people who smoke declare that the 1st cigarette of the day is the simplest? what's the organic foundation at the back of a few heavy drinkers' trust that the "hair-of-the-dog" procedure alleviates the consequences of a hangover? Why does marijuana appear to have an effect on ones problem-solving means? 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, conflict and greed, empires and religions, and classes for the long run.

Ciaran Regan appears at each one classification of gear, describing the ancient evolution in their use, explaining how they paintings in the brain's neurophysiology, and outlining the elemental pharmacology of these ingredients. From a attention of the impact of stimulants, resembling caffeine and nicotine, and the explanations and results in their unexpected acceptance within the 17th century, the ebook strikes to a dialogue of extra smooth stimulants, comparable to cocaine and ecstasy. furthermore, Regan explains how we technique reminiscence, the character of proposal issues, and treatments for treating melancholy and schizophrenia. Regan then considers psychedelic medicines and their perceived mystical homes and strains the background of placebos to old civilizations. ultimately, Intoxicating Minds considers the actual results of our co-evolution with drugs―how they've got altered our very being―and bargains a glimpse of the courageous new global of drug therapies.

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Intoxicating minds : how medications paintings / Ciaran Regan. p. cm. —(Maps of the brain) comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-231-12016-8 1. Psychopharmacology. I. name. II. sequence. RM315 . R447 2001 615′. 78—dc21 2001–028078 A Columbia collage Press publication. CUP will be happy to listen to approximately your studying adventure with this book at cup-ebook@columbia. edu. For Helen Contents PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1   Mists of the brain 2   concerns of Doctrine 3   Making the brain 4   Neuronal Discourse 5   Nostri Plena Laboris 6   An Abyss Yawns 7   Making reminiscence 8   The misplaced fact and Its Restitution 9   Funhouse Mirrors 10 The Pharmacology of the endless eleven Drug pushed additional READINGS INDEX Preface and Acknowledgments This ebook is meant for somebody who's interested in mind-altering medications.

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