By Mike Jay
An illustrated cultural heritage of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its destiny in dressmaker neurochemicals
• that includes art 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 medicines play in numerous cultures as drugs, non secular sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted alternate items
• unearths how medicines drove the worldwide alternate and cultural trade that made the trendy international
• 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 eu terraces and kava in Pacific villages; bite betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy pills 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 kingdom 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 bright photographs of the jobs medicines play in numerous cultures as medicinal drugs, spiritual sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted exchange items. From the botanicals of the classical international throughout the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the factitious molecules that experience reworked our knowing of the mind, Mike Jay unearths how medicines comparable to tobacco, tea, and opium drove the worldwide exchange and cultural trade that created the trendy global and examines the forces that resulted in the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century in the past and the “war on medicinal drugs” that rages this present day.