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

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HMH, Dec 9, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
More than four million copies sold: the definitive guide to drugs and drug use from “America’s best known doctor” (The New York Times).
 
Cowritten by one of America’s most respected doctors, From Chocolate to Morphine is the authoritative resource covering a wide range of available substances, from coffee to marijuana, antihistamines to psychedelics, steroids to smart drugs, and beyond. Dr. Andrew T. Weil provides the best and most unbiased information available, frankly discussing each drug’s likely effects, precautions for use, and suggested alternatives.
 
Expanded and updated to include such drugs as Oxycontin, Ecstasy, Prozac, and Ephedra, this edition also addresses numerous issues from the growing methamphetamine and opioid epidemics to the push to legalize medical marijuana, and the overuse of drugs for children diagnosed with ADHD.
 
Offering facts rather than advocacy, Weil’s trusted bestseller has become “a classic guide to psychotropic drugs” (U.S. News and World Report).
 

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One of the very few books providing truthful information without the pervasive obvious propaganda that I was taught in school and seems to have infected almost everyone in our society. This book I believe helped me from getting addicted to cigarettes when many of my friends and family fell victim to this scourge and some have already died from cancer. Additionally I have stayed away from alcohol again where friends and family have gotten into legal trouble, accidents and become addicted.
It is very tragic that some uneducated or depressed people will misuse opioids but we should never forget the enormous amount of pain and suffering they can relieve bringing a huge improvement in the quality of life to millions. Books like this can fill the education gap unlike other education programs like the one I experienced in school which were filled with obvious exaggerations and scare tactics. Kids are not stupid and at some point will not believe any of the material when they find out some of it is lies or exaggerated. i.e. all lies. Thank God I found this book when young.
 

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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About the author (2004)

Andrew Weil, MD, has degrees in biology and medicine from Harvard University. Author of the bestselling Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Weil 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.

Winifred Rosen is a freelance writer and the author of numerous books for young people. 

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