Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain

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Seven Stories Press, 1998 - Science - 262 pages
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Trips shows, using color illustrations, the latest research, and bleeding-edge cultural analogies, how the still-mysterious hallucinogens may work in the still-mysterious brain. Written in language a general audience can understand, the book's tone is light and irreverent, yet at the same time deals with the drug culture in a serious way.
Trips offers readers a rare look at the social, cultural, historical, and scientific phenomenon of psychedelics-through the eyes of artists who've grown up with them, regulators who control them, federal scientists who approve and fund their research, and scientists who've spent careers studying them—and in the process fills a growing need for truthful information about drugs. For a generation, people have been worried about false horrors attributed to LSD-chromosome damage (LSD doesn't; coffee and aspirin do), suicide, madness, and flashbacks (no such thing). There are, however, real problems associated with hallucinogens, which until now have been unknown, ignored, or untranslated from the scientific literature. Trips separates the facts from the falsehoods and provides, through the combination of Pellerin’s text and the artwork of legendary American artist Robert Crumb, a practical, entertaining, and yet rock-solid guide.
  

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A lot of history about LSD. I wished the author had discussed the various other hallucinogens in more depths, but overall, it was a good book. Read full review

Contents

EVERYBODY WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN NOBODY WANT TO DIE
3
JUST THINK OF IT AS EVOLUTION IN ACTION
11
PIONEERS ARE THE ONES WITH ARROWS IN THEIR BACKS
33
PART II
41
AS CLOSE AS YOU GET TO PSYCHOSIS WITHOUT BEING PSYCHO YOURSELF
43
THE 1960s LSDOUT OF KILTER WITH THE BASIC ASSUMPTIONS OF WESTERN MEDICINE
67
19701990 ANIMAL PHARMROUGH ON RATS
79
19911993 CIVILIZATION HO
89
THE REST OF THE HALLUCINOGENS
125
GATEKEEPERS YOUR GOVERNMENT ON DRUGS
155
HALLUCINOGEN RESEARCH INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
173
THE REAL PROBLEM WITH HALLUCINOGENS
183
ABUSE INTERNET RESOURCES
205
CLOCKING YOUR GROUND SPEED
227
Bibliography
239
CARTOONS AND FIGURES
260

LSD HERE NOW
105

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About the author (1998)

CHERYL PELLERIN is an independent science writer for broadcast and print. Her work appears regularly on the Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel.
R. CRUMB is an underground cartoonist and an American national treasure. He is the author of Robert Crumb's Genesis, a fully illustrated edition of the first book of the Bible, and many legendary underground comics besides.

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