From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 9, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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From Chocolate to Morphine is the definitive guide to drugs and drug use from one of America’s most respected and best-known doctors. This enormously popular book — the best and most authoritative resource for unbiased information about how drugs affect the mind and the body — covers a wide range of available substances, from coffee to marijuana, antihistamines to psychedelics, steroids to smart drugs, and discusses likely effects, precautions, and alternatives. Now expanded and updated to cover such drugs as oxycontin, Ecstasy, Prozac, and ephedra and to address numerous ongoing issues, including the United States’ war on drugs, marijuana for therapeutic use, the overuse of drugs for children diagnosed with ADHD, and more, From Chocolate to Morphine is an invaluable resource.
 

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From chocolate to morphine: everything you need to know about mind-altering drugs

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Since drug use has occurred throughout history and within most cultures, the authors in this updated edition of their original work ( LJ 3/15/83) believe that "education based on truthful information ... Read full review

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I read the first 32 pages of this book and it didn't seem to address the problem of addiction-not even in the 4th chapter where it would have likely done so. If you want to learn about drugs, maybe this book is helpful but it doesn't seem to address addiction in any way that would be helpful for an addict. So when it claims it has everything you need to know about drugs, it does not seem to discuss much about the most serious problem of addiction and how hard it is to recover from true addiction.  

Contents

2 What Is a Drug?
10
3 Why People Use Drugs
15
4 Relationships with Drugs
24
5 Types of Drugs
30
6 Stimulants
38
7 Depressants
69
8 Psychedelics or Hallucinogens
111
9 Marijuana
135
12 Problems with Drugs
193
13 Alternatives to Taking Drugs
210
14 Final Words
216
FirstPerson Accounts and Comments
223
Glossary
265
Index
277
About the Author
293
Back Cover
295

10 Solvents and Inhalants Deliriants PCP and Ketamine
150
11 Medical Drugs Herbal Remedies Smart Drugs
170

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Andrew Weil, M.D., has degrees in biology and medicine from Harvard University. Author of the best-selling Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, he traveled the world experiencing and studying healers and healing systems and has earned an international reputation as an expert on alternative medicine, mind-body interactions, and medical botany. He is the associate director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine and the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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