Since the Stone Age, drugs have been sniffed to induce sleep, mixed to cure ills, swallowed to stimulate creativity, snorted to increase sexuality, popped for the hell of it and smoked to see God. Natural or synthesized, they have been smuggled for all kinds of reasons, from saving the world to becoming stinking rich. Blamed for deaths, wars, suicides, collapses of governments, multiple crashes, individual crises, anarchy and chaos, they have also been praised for opening minds and expanding consciousness. They've been worshipped and demonised, venerated and chastised, force-fed and forbidden. Every society has had its intoxicant, be it sacrament or scourge. They have also become irreversibly interwoven with politics, sex, business, religion, and rock-and-roll, providing writers, whether emerging from the ancient classical world or the street laboratory of today, with both inspiration and challenge.
©2001 Howard Marks; (P)2001 Random House
"A folk legend...with huge charisma. He sounds like Richard Burton and looks like a Rolling Stone." (Daily Mail)
This book is pretty interesting if you are interested in the effects of drugs on the mind and body but not how they actually interact on the body itself. Many of the extracts are from old fashioned lab tests, self scientific exploration and recovered/recovering addicts.
Marx certainly knows his drugs, but if you are looking for an interesting read then get his Mr. Nice book. Very entertaining and gives a deep insight into his life, habits, fortunes, misfortunes and incarceration.
A good book on drugs... 'Murder, Magic and Medicine' by Mann
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