High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture

High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture

Mike Jay


An illustrated cultural heritage of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its destiny in clothier neurochemicals

• that includes art from the impending excessive Society exhibition on the Wellcome assortment in London, one of many world’s maximum clinical background collections

• Explores the jobs medications play in several cultures as drugs, non secular sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted alternate items

• finds how medicines drove the worldwide exchange and cultural alternate that made the trendy global

• Examines the explanations of drug prohibitions a century in the past and the present “war on medicinal drugs”

Every society is a excessive society. each day humans drink espresso on ecu terraces and kava in Pacific villages; bite betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy drugs within the golf equipment of Amsterdam and opium drugs within the deserts of Rajastan; smoke cannabis in Himalayan temples and tobacco and marijuana in each country on the earth.

Exploring the spectrum of drug use all through history--from its roots in animal intoxication to its destiny in fashion designer neurochemicals--High Society paints bright pictures of the jobs medications play in several cultures as medicinal drugs, spiritual sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted exchange items. From the botanicals of the classical international in the course of the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the factitious molecules that experience reworked our figuring out of the mind, Mike Jay unearths how medicinal drugs resembling tobacco, tea, and opium drove the worldwide alternate and cultural alternate that created the trendy international and examines the forces that ended in the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century in the past and the “war on medications” that rages this day.

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