Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

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 consequences 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 creative success, battle and greed, empires and religions, and classes for the longer term.

Ciaran Regan appears to be like at every one classification of substances, describing the historic evolution in their use, explaining how they paintings in the brain's neurophysiology, and outlining the elemental pharmacology of these components. From a attention of the impact of stimulants, equivalent to caffeine and nicotine, and the explanations and results in their unexpected recognition within the 17th century, the publication strikes to a dialogue of extra smooth stimulants, equivalent to cocaine and ecstasy. furthermore, Regan explains how we technique reminiscence, the character of suggestion issues, and treatments for treating melancholy and schizophrenia. Regan then considers psychedelic medications and their perceived mystical homes and lines the background of placebos to historical 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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