Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs

Drugged The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs Morphine writes Richard J Miller is the most significant chemical substance mankind has ever encountered So ancient that remains of poppies have been found in Neolithic tombs it is the most effecti

  • Title: Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs
  • Author: Richard J. Miller
  • ISBN: 9780199957972
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Morphine, writes Richard J Miller, is the most significant chemical substance mankind has ever encountered So ancient that remains of poppies have been found in Neolithic tombs, it is the most effective drug ever discovered for treating pain Whatever advances are made in medicine, Miller adds, nothing could really be important than that And yet, when it co Morphine, writes Richard J Miller, is the most significant chemical substance mankind has ever encountered So ancient that remains of poppies have been found in Neolithic tombs, it is the most effective drug ever discovered for treating pain Whatever advances are made in medicine, Miller adds, nothing could really be important than that And yet, when it comes to mind altering substances, morphine is only a cc or two in a vast river that flows through human civilization, ranging LSD to a morning cup of tea In DRUGGED, Miller takes readers on an eye opening tour of psychotropic drugs, describing the various kinds, how they were discovered and developed, and how they have played multiple roles in virtually every culture The vast scope of chemicals that cross the blood brain barrier boggle the very brain they reach cannabis and cocaine, antipsychotics and antidepressants, alcohol, amphetamines, and Ecstasy and much Literate and wide ranging, Miller weaves together science and history, telling the story of the undercover theft of 20,000 tea plants from China by a British spy, for example, the European discovery of coffee and chocolate, and how James Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous man of letters, first isolated the alkaloid we now know as caffeine Miller explains what scientists know and don t about the impact of each drug on the brain, down to the details of neurotransmitters and their receptors He clarifies the differences between morphine and heroin, mescaline and LSD, and other similar substances Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the fact that antidepressant drugs evolved from the rocket fuel that shot V2 rockets into London during World War II, highlighting the role of hallucinogens in the history of religion, and asking whether Prozac can help depressed cats Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a truly fascinating book.

    DrugFacts Drugged Driving National Institute on Drug Which drugs are linked to drugged driving After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often found in the blood of drivers involved in crashes Tests for detecting marijuana in drivers measure the level of delta tetrahydrocannabinol THC , marijuana s mind altering ingredient, in the blood.But the role that marijuana plays in crashes is often unclear. Stop Drugged Driving Drug impaired driving is a national threat to public safety and public health Stop Drugged Driving is a website of the Institute for Behavior and Health that provides research resources and policy ideas to improve laws, enforcement and research. Drugged Define Drugged at Dictionary Drugged definition, a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well being See . Neuroscientist allegedly drugged, raped grad student A top neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University allegedly drugged and raped a grad student at a conference last fall, but didn t get placed on leave until just a few months ago after the Insane Ways The CIA Drugged People With LSD Listverse Sep , The CIA drugged animals, too Allegedly, they gave LSD to everything from dogs to spiders One experiment, done on a cat, was even filmed and publicly circulated. Government releases legal limits for drugged driving but The federal government has released a draft of its planned drug concentration levels but admit the new rules provide no guidance on how much marijuana it would take to push a driver over the legal Publications DrugFacts National Institute on Drug Revised June Provides an overview of the effects of cigarette and other tobacco products, including their effect on the brain, other health effects, approaches to smoking or nicotine cessation, and overall use among youth. Matthew Hedges says UAE forced false confession, drugged A British student who was sentenced by the UAE to life in prison for allegedly being a spy says he was drugged in prison, forced to sign a false confession, and was bribed to betray his country. Germany Drugged driver forces car onto airport tarmac BERLIN A man forced open a locked gate on the security perimeter of Hannover Airport in northern Germany and drove a car onto the airfield Saturday before coming to a halt underneath an Hatchery episode Memory Alpha FANDOM powered by Wikia Enterprise finds a derelict Xindi Insectoid ship carrying a cache of unhatched eggs and Archer takes an increasingly obsessive interest in preserving them Enterprise is orbiting an uninhabited planet en route to Azati Prime They discover a derelict Xindi Insectoid ship on the surface

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    1. Richard J. Miller

      Richard J Miller is the Alfred Newton Richards Professor of PharmacologyProfessor in Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry at Northwestern University.Dr Miller s research has concerned the properties of neurotransmitters and their receptors in nerve cell function This has included work on dopamine receptors, opiate receptors and cytokine receptors Dr Miller has also worked extensively on understanding the structure and function of calcium channels The influx of calcium into neurons through these channels is important for many reasons, including the release of neurotransmitters His laboratory has analyzed the properties of these molecules by examining their electrophysiological properties and has generated calcium channel knockout mice Other projects in his lab aim to understand the molecular basis of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS or Lou Gehrig s disease , HIV 1 related dementia and other neuropathological conditions.Dr Miller obtained his Ph.D at Cambridge University Prior to joining Northwestern, he was Assistant Professor and Professor at the University of Chicago.

    949 thoughts on “Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs”

    1. Man, I love this guy. He gives explicit details about the subjective experience of different drugs, or how to get different drugs, adding a sly little “r the record,” and admits he totally gets “the attraction of a sunny day trekking through woods and pastures collecting psilocybin mushrooms,” though he still thinks you should be responsible. And like, buy your shrooms from a drug dealer or whatever.And he does all this without losing the scholarly tone of the book.Fantastic.This is the [...]


    2. Picked this book for both personal and professional reasons. Chapters are quite extended, but full of surprises. Great addition to my science shelf


    3. I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. - Hunter S ThompsonDrugs. They're a difficult hobby to have, or at least talk about; for you'll no doubt have a litany of people who will look down on you for being a degenerate running away from one's problems in a drug of choice. Though drugs do have a bad rap (for good reason) they have no doubt shaped our world and our culture, even though many like to think all they do is destroy.Of course, [...]


    4. Totally unlike any other book on drugs that I've read or partially read. Highly recommended to those interested in a neuropharmacologist and drug expert's take on drug culture both institutional and not, medical and recreational. Worth noting that it is also quite thorough as a historical account. Heavy on info, but wouldn't say inaccessible. I only have one neuroscience course from undergrad under my belt and I didn't struggle to understand the more specialized/less strictly historical or cultu [...]


    5. We are living in an awesome time of scientific discovery. And the researchers and journalists that are popularizing the findings of science are also achieving something of a golden moment. I think it's safe to say, popular science writing has never been better. Particularly in the domain of neuroscience and related fields. Drugged is as good of an example of contemporary science writing as I can cite. Before I listened to it (it's available on audable) I would have thought no one could possibly [...]


    6. Just finished Richard J. Miller's "Drugged" which is a tour de force of the history, culture, and science of psychotropic drugs (i.e. drugs which influence the brain). Miller's tour can become a bit technical in places, but the non-technical reader should bear through these points for the bulk of the book is filled with interesting knowledge. For the technically inclined, the book provides an excellent chemical and biological overview. "Drugged" explores all classes if psychotropics with, for th [...]


    7. This book is highly dense for people that seem' familiar with the history, chemical/biological context, and science (in general), but in all honestly, it is a fantastic book that most educated adult should read.The mass majority of the book is filled with technical terms, but that is to be expected because of the nature of the subject, but in my opinion, it is worth it. I have much more to learn, but it is a fantastic written book in the science of substance usage on the brain and a good back gr [...]


    8. I enjoyed learning about the history and development of drugs. The information and speculation about the historical use of some of these drugs was fascinating. I could have done without the complex descriptions of molecules and their interactions on the brain. While interesting to some, I think most of this information would go right over the head of the average person - it certainly did mine. Overall though, great information and worth the read.


    9. It is really a nice book with the history, science and culture of psychotropic drugs. However, it is not for general audience. It requires some background in medicinal chemistry, molecular biology and/or neuroscience albeit not extensive.


    10. In this book, various illness and the drugs used to treat them are examined through scopes of the very large (personal relationships and societal attitudes) and the very small (deliciously awesome biochemistry). IMO, the section on schizophrenia was the best part of the book.



    11. Probably too technical for most readers (I studied psychopharmacology in my undergrad days and still had to skip over parts) but fascinating stuff nonetheless.


    12. Tells the origins, history of use, and chemical breakdowns of substances such as mushrooms, lsd, opium, morphine, codeine, and heroinDo you know about Bicycle Day?Do you know how opium was used to discover morphine and codeine? Then subsequently, used to discover heroin?If not, get in on this juicy info filled book, curious individual


    13. Cuenta la historia del descubrimiento de ciertas sustancias químicas a partir de plantas, hongos, etc. Y también cómo comenzaron las farmacéuticas y cómo se descubrieron ciertos fármacos. Lo hace de forma amena, la verdad es que me gustó porque no se me hizo nada pesado y cuenta cosas muy curiosas.


    14. Drugs are a weird subject by default. You know they exist; you may know some of them and some of their effects. But how many of us know their history? What about how they work and how much science knows about them?And this is where this book shines. Covering many different substances, the author goes in great detail into the fascinating stories about drugs and their discoveries, the chemical features that make them relevant and the ways they interact with the brain. After reading it, and notwith [...]


    15. ~8h @ 2x. Contents:(view spoiler)[PrefaceAcknowledgments1. In the Beginning– Drugs and the origins of religion– The great soma debate– The Jesus cult– The chemistry of soma– How does muscimol work?– Muscimol becomes gaboxadol– The fall of gaboxadol– Notes2. Bicycle Day– Ergot and its alkaloids– The "little round things"– Mysterious mysteries– Mayan mushrooms– Hallucinogenic tryptamines– The ayahuasca of the Indians– Peyote: the cactus hallucinogen– The molecules o [...]


    16. 4.5 stars.I'm to blame for the half-star void. The pharmacological science was pretty far over my head and I consequently found those sections a little difficult to get through. But the stories were super fun and interesting! I picked up this book because marijuana is a hot issue in Canada these days, and I surprisingly know very little about psychotropic substances, other than minor short-lived forays into erowid when I have been bored in the past.My favourite parts in this book include:1.) Liq [...]


    17. I've never really read a science book, but I decided to pick this up at the recommendation of a doctor who knew I like to read. I've started some new medications recently, and he recommended that I read this to familiarize myself with what was really going on with these meds. So, each chapter is devoted to a different class of psychoactive drug (with the exception of the last chapter, which is an interesting case study on neurosyphilis and the connections between immunology and neurology). These [...]


    18. I really enjoyed this popular history of psychoactive drugs. While it claims to be encyclopedic, I found a few areas it skipped over; as far as I can recall, it didn't cover inhalants like nitrous oxide or poppers, or volatile chemicals like glue. It spends a LOT of time on antidepressants, but since that's my primary interest, I didn't mind it. The book has just enough neurochemistry that I got lost at times, but it's laid out simply enough that I could follow most of it, and expanded my unders [...]


    19. Omfg, thank God I've finally finished this damn book I feel like I've been reading it forever. I listened to it on Audio and it took me a long time because I had to listen to a chapter, then take a break and listen to something else, and just come back to it between other audio books because it was so damn dense. The title says "science and culture behind psychotropic drugs " but this book is much heavier on the science aspect than the culture aspect. There was a ton of very intense chemistry an [...]


    20. Very interesting and well written overall. A lot of it is too technical for me and I was lost with formulas and names the part that was in words was great !


    21. Informative, but a little dry for my taste. The most interesting fact is to see ancient images of people under the influence. Vices are as old as human beings.Pschycotropic mushrooms: Woman under the influencee: More junkies: Ad for coke wine:


    22. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this, although I am no man of science and it at times became hard to follow, then I never really lost track of how the drugs mentioned work on the brain. Not only is he unbiased concerning the use of drugs by people in the past, but he is also very careful to point out the dangers of a continued use of any psychotropic drugs. Understanding the historical background (as far as we are allowed to track it into the past), will leave one not only laughing, b [...]


    23. This book did have a lot of useful information, but it wasn't written very well. It switches from the author giving his conspiracy theories behind where different drugs come from to intensive explanations of how various psychotropic drugs work. Unfortunately those explanations aren't frequently easily accessible and require much more than an introductory knowledge of biology and chemistry to understand. I found myself having to go back to college textbooks and having to do a lot of outside readi [...]


    24. I love psychopharmacology, and the book did a great job of summing up all of the important organic substances that have impacted human society and culture throughout the ages. I love how it starts off with ancient uses of hallucinogens and opiates and explains the linkage between textile dyes and pharmaceutical companies. A great read for those who like to geek out on biochemistry. An even better read for those that want to understand how their recreational drugs influence the human body. That b [...]


    25. I am currently listening to this book. It is more superficial than the synopsis had led me to believe and I question the author's sources. What others have called "lengthy and lively excursions into culture" have felt more lengthy and dull to me. In addition, the narrator, (I am guessing he is British?) pronounces some words in such a way as to limit comprehension at times. Overall, I am finishing it because I started it. Can't wait to get onto something else!


    26. super easy beach readholy cow. The biochemistry in this book had me right back in Pharmacy school. Great depth and some interesting anecdotes but really tough to pick back up again. Sometimes it was punishment to read - it's like the last thing you want to eat on your plate but you know you have to eat it to have a balanced diet - the brussel sprouts of books. Needed. Important. But hard to swallow sometimes.


    27. Drugged, is a thorough trip (pun intended) through the history of psychotropic use. It begins at the basics — man finding god through hallucinogenic mushrooms and ends on big pharma's quest to find the next aid to mental disorders. What I really appreciate about the way Richard J. Miller covered the topic is that he stayed in the informative realm, and did not seek to advocate or terrorize you about specific drugs (as some books of the like seem to do).


    28. The book struggled between the overly technical and the informative. The biggest takeaway: we know very little about some very strong medications that mess with people's lives and health. Our laws often focus on the wrong drugs and allow the very dangerous drugs protection, while drugs that may have some greater use are thwarted by popular opinion or reputation.


    29. The title was promising, so I expected little bit more from this book. Although I am in a field of pharmacy I found some parts to technical and I had to skip it. It has some amusing parts, especially about the invention of LSD. I must admit that I was expecting to find more interesting stories like this. All in all worth reading.


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