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- Review by S Thyssen, 2009 Jul 10
Fourteen years after its publication, On Drugs still feels fresh in its call to move beyond divisive posturing and verbal constructions that quell discourse on one of the most significant questions we should be asking: how do drug-taking behaviors reflect and shape personal and societal consciousness? An intellectually invigorating yet down-to-earth pharmacography. . . . (more)
BACK COVER #LSD is an illegal psychedelic with a bizarre background. Startling evidence shows that scientists and psychiatrists have helped to promote its use Engaging, articulate, and brilliantly argued, On Drugs is destined to become a revolutionary classic that redefines what it means to be "high".
In advocating "a diversity of consciousness," David Lenson forges a new look at the drug debate from a lost, and often forbidden, point of view: the user's. Describing in clear detail the experiences and dynamics of the drugs of pleasure and desire -- from nicotine to marijuana, alcohol to LSD, and caffeine to cocaine -- On Drugs asks what drugs really do and challenges society's accepted notions of sobriety and addiction.
BLURBS #"Lenson's magnificent book is a perceptive mapping of the rippling waves of undiscovered solar systems within our brain. It will comfort the fearful and guide th unprepared. A classic!"
-- Timothy Leary, author of The Psychedelic Experience
"Users are now America's official scapegoats . . . and the hammer and sickle of Communism have been replaced by the pipe and needle."
-- from On Drugs