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The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology
by Jack Cooper, Floyd Bloom, & Robert Roth
Publisher:
Oxford University Press 
Year:
1991 
Reviewed by Erowid
12/10/2002

While not an easy browse, The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology addresses the known actions of neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, epinephrine, etc) in a well-organized and understandable way. Good for anyone with a serious interest in the workings of these substances. [ read more ]

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Keep Off the Grass
by Gabriel Nahas
Publisher:
Paul S. Eriksson 
Year:
1976,1990 
Reviewed by Erowid
11/18/2002

I had high hopes that ths book might contain some useful data. But what I discovered was a book with heavy bias against marijuana which taints any data the author might present. The tone of the book is one of continuing crisis, with exaggeration and hyperbole used to frighten the reader into agreeing that marijuana must be bad.

The chapter on ... [ read more ]

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Breaking Open The Head
by Daniel Pinchbeck
Publisher:
Broadway Books 
Year:
2002 
Reviewed by Mark Pesce
11/1/2002

Not since “The Doors of Perception” has one book so accurately and beautifully described the transformative nature of the psychedelic experience. Pinchbeck alternates between personal journey and cultural history, spinning a thread which connects all of us – psychonauts, policy makers and just plain folks – to something greater than ourselves… [ read more ]

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Facing Drugs
by Tom McGill
Publisher:
Choice Books 
Year:
2002 
Reviewed by Erowid
10/10/2002

Facing Drugs is a small book from Australia, intended for the parent who is concerned about their child’s possible drug use. While it avoids the worst of the errors common in books of this class, it is relatively uninspiring and predictable. As usual, there is no acknowledgement of the possibility of illegal drugs being used with responsibility intent or purpose, ... [ read more ]

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Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior
by Oakley Ray & Charles Ksir
Publisher:
Mosby 
Year:
1996 (7th Edition) 
Reviewed by Erowid
8/11/2002

Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior contains quite a bit of interesting information. Generally reasonably balanced and accurate, but they need to fix the glaring problems with their page on “toad licking”. There’s one newer edition…we can hope that it was resolved by then. [ read more ]

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Heroin: The Street Narcotic
by Fred Zackon
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers 
Year:
1986,1992 
Reviewed by Erowid
5/22/2002

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs series is generally well-balanced and informational. While Heroin: The Street Narcotic follows with those traits, it is also an exception, in that it contains a number of relatively prominent errors. It looks like the updated version (1992) may have tried to fix errors introduced in the original version, but in some cases just further confused ... [ read more ]

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The Heroin User's Handbook
by Francis Moraes
Publisher:
Loompanics Unlimited 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Erowid
10/11/2001

The Heroin User’s Handbook is a good single-book guide to the full range of issues surrounding heroin use. It covers common myths, how to go about acquiring heroin, details about common methods of ingestion, health risks, legal and social issues and the all-important question of addiction. Overall the quality and style of writing are quite good although there are a ... [ read more ]

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Divining Ecstasy
by Sean Shayan
Publisher:
Loompanics Unlimited 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Erowid
10/9/2001

We have significant reservations about this book because of the questionable business practices of the author Sean Shayan. While his marketing suggests that his projects and the Temple of Ecstasy are spiritual, caring, community organizations…their past practices have appeared to be purely profit driven and set up to take advantage of the uninformed. As an example, throughout this book Shayan ... [ read more ]

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The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine
by Marcello Spinella
Publisher:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Erowid
10/9/2001

We were really happy to discover this book in a mainstream bookstore, having not heard of it before. Its a great collection of information and references on a wide variety of psychoactive plants. The title “of Herbal Medicine” is slightly misleading as the entire book is about psychoactive herbs and plants. When I first picked it up, I assumed it ... [ read more ]

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Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals
by Huston Smith
Publisher:
Jeremy P. Tarcher / Putnam 
Year:
2000 
Reviewed by CB
9/11/2001

An excellent book for the exploration of religious perspectives in relation to entheogen use. [ read more ]

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