By Mike Jay
An illustrated cultural background of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its destiny in dressmaker neurochemicals
• that includes paintings from the impending excessive Society exhibition on the Wellcome assortment in London, one of many world’s maximum scientific historical past collections
• Explores the jobs medications play in numerous cultures as drugs, non secular sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted alternate items
• unearths how medicinal drugs drove the worldwide exchange and cultural alternate that made the fashionable global
• Examines the motives 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 capsules within the golf equipment of Amsterdam and opium capsules 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 clothier neurochemicals--High Society paints shiny pictures of the jobs medicinal drugs play in several cultures as medicinal drugs, non secular sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted exchange items. From the botanicals of the classical global throughout the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the factitious molecules that experience remodeled our figuring out of the mind, Mike Jay finds how medicinal drugs similar to tobacco, tea, and opium drove the worldwide alternate and cultural alternate that created the trendy international and examines the forces that resulted in the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century in the past and the “war on medications” that rages this present day.