By Richard J. Miller

"Morphine," writes Richard J. Miller, "is the main major chemical substance mankind has ever encountered." So historic that continues to be of poppies were present in Neolithic tombs, it's the most popular drug ever found for treating ache. "Whatever advances are made in medicine," Miller provides, "nothing may rather be extra vital than that." And but, in terms of mind-altering components, morphine is barely a cc or in an enormous river that flows via human civilization, ranging LSD to a morning cup of tea.

In DRUGGED, Miller takes readers on an eye-opening travel of psychotropic medicines, describing a number of the types, how they have been found and constructed, and the way they've got performed a number of roles in almost each tradition. The great scope of chemical compounds that go the blood-brain barrier boggle the very mind they achieve: hashish and cocaine, antipsychotics and antidepressants, alcohol, amphetamines, and Ecstasy-and even more. Literate and wide-ranging, Miller weaves jointly technology and historical past, telling the tale of the undercover robbery of 20,000 tea crops from China by way of a British undercover agent, for instance, the eu discovery of espresso and chocolate, and the way James Wolfgang von Goethe, the recognized guy of letters, first remoted the alkaloid we now recognize as caffeine. Miller explains what scientists know-and don't-about the influence of every drug at the mind, all the way down to the main points of neurotransmitters and their receptors. He clarifies the diversities among morphine and heroin, mescaline and LSD, and different comparable elements. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the truth that antidepressant medicines developed from the rocket gasoline that shot V2 rockets into London in the course of international conflict II, highlighting the function of hallucinogens within the historical past of faith, and asking no matter if Prozac can assist depressed cats.

Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a really attention-grabbing book.

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