Chocolate to Morphine: Understanding Mind-Active Drugs by Andrew Weil, Winifred Rosen

By Andrew Weil, Winifred Rosen

This definitive resource ebook on psychoactive medicines . . . presents simple discussions of every substance's nature, the way it is probably going to impact the physique, and what precautions are essential to restrict any power for damage. commonly illustrated with photos and line drawings.

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We prefer the Latin form. ) Chocolate to Morphine (Reprinted from the Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado) 38 feel energetic and able to concentrate well in the morning but to become tired and mentally sluggish in the late afternoon. One reason that stimulant drugs are popular is that they give temporary control over rhythms of wakefulness and the ups and downs of mood. , when your brain wants to rest, you can mobilize it to concen­ trate by taking a stimulant drug and thereby forcing your ner­ vous system to release some of its stored-up chemical energy.

Very recently, researchers discovered Valium receptors in the human brain, making them think that the body must produce some internal analog to that completely synthetic tran­ quilizer. Did the chemists who created Valium in a laboratory just hit upon that molecule by chance? Has Valium become so popular because its effect resembles that of an endogenous sub­ stance? Or might Valium receptors have developed in the brain in response to use of the drug? It is interesting to speculate on 35 these questions, even though science may never be able to an­ swer them.

Today many people snort powdered am­ phetamines in the same way as cocaine, and some even inject them intravenously. Intravenous use of amphetamines first appeared in the late 1960s. Young "speed freaks" who fell into this pattern of use experienced very bad effects on their bodies and minds. After only a few weeks, they became emaciated and generally unheal­ thy; they stayed up for days on end, then "crashed” into stupors. They became jumpy, paranoid, and even psychotic. ” A number of people find amphetamines useful for specific purposes.

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