How Hallucinogens Work in your Brain
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Seven Stories Press
FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by JF, 2001 Jun 24
Despite the introductory tone of the book, Pellerin manages to cover a great deal of the material that makes psychedelics so interesting, even to non-users: Janiger's LSD therapy for the stars of Hollywood, CIA mind control experiments, the connections between psychedelics and antidepressants, and so on.. . . (more)
BACK COVER #It's been a long time since the 1960's (in more ways than one), when the flow of information about psychedelics slammed into a wall of ignorance and fear. Human research hit the same wall when psychedelics became, according to proliferating dru-control laws, too dangerous to study. Well, that's history and lots of people still think LSD breaks chromosomes. GET OVER THAT! With research cranking back up and advances in molecular biology and non-invasive brain imaging, there's a lot of new inforamtion about hallucinogens.
Trips has the latest findings in language anyone can understand, with help from some of the underground artists who grew up with psychedelics, regulators who control the drugs, federal scientists who approve and fund research, and scientists who've spent careers studying them. Trips is real neuroscience for a general audience, enthusiastically presented with color illustrations and bleeding-edge cultural analogies to show how the still mysterious hallucinogens may work in the still-mysterious brain.
BLURBS #"Laced with humor and wit but never short on scientific facts, Cheryl Pellerin's Trips is a much-needed antidote to the inane discourse of the drug war."
-- Martin A. Lee, coauthor of Acid Dreams
"...a fine source of responsible information about how the verboten and vilified by perennially popular hallucinogenic drugs go about their nefarious business...[Pellerin's] book is fresh, reasonable, and very engaging."