Tagged: intoxication

Essential Substances by Richard Rudgley

Essential Substances by Richard Rudgley

The history of humans ritually using psychoactive substances goes back beyond the written record, and stretches across the globe through many disparate and far-flung cultures. The ubiquity of psychoactive plants, and substances, is cogent with our world today. However, as Richard Rudgley notes in his excellent cultural drug survey Essential...

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Intoxication Season at Kew Gardens: Mind Altering Plants and Fungi

From 20th September until 12th October 2014 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Intoxication Season will explore the secret history behind Mind-Altering Plants and Fungi: From the opium poppy with chemical powers that have shaken economic and political worlds for centuries, to extraordinary ‘ordinary’ plants such as coffee and...

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Why We Take Drugs by Tom Yardley

Originally published in 2012 ‘Why We Take Drugs: Seeking excess and communion in the modern world’ by Tom Yardley is a phenomenological analysis of intoxication. The book takes into account a number of theories to explain the descriptions of drug intoxication given to the author in a series of interviews...