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ISBN: 978-1-60785-270-4

edited by David Boothroyd


Introduction: Drugs Are Us

The popular trope which depicts the origin of life on earth as emerging from a ‘chemical soup’ continues to have an enduring hold over the imagination. Of course, whether this ‘soup’ was a prebiotic puddle on the surface of this third rock from the Sun, originally ‘canned’, superheated and pressurised in one of its internal faults, or a kind of extraterrestrial material reheated in some way after having reached the early Earth from elsewhere in universe, may not be known for sure. Nevertheless, advances in sciences such as paleogenomics and paleohistology have shown us that at least a part of the story of the origin of life can be traced in each and every cell of our living bodies. (more...)

Pure Pharmacology

James Black 
Reflections on drug research
H.P. Rang 
The receptor concept: pharmacology’s big idea
Patrick Vallance, Trevor G Smart 
The future of pharmacology
Joni L. Rutter 
Symbiotic Relationship of Pharmacogenetics and Drugs of Abuse
Kathy Giacommini – How Drugs May Be Tailored to Your Genetic Makeup 


Geoffrey Hunt, Molly Moloney, and Kristin Evans 
Epidemiology Meets Cultural Studies: Studying and Understanding Youth Cultures, Clubs and Drugs
Steve Sussman, Mary A Pentz, Donna Spruijt-Metz and Toby Miller 
Misuse of "study drugs:" prevalence, consequences, and implications for policy
Carol J Boyd and Sean E McCabe ; Coming to terms with the nonmedical use of prescription medications
Damon Barrett (ed.) 
Children of the Drug War
Stanton Peele – A Better Approach to Drugs and Alcohol 


David Healy 
Psychopharmacology and the Goverment of the Self
Joanna Moncrieff and David Cohen 
Do Antidepressants Cure or Create Abnormal Brain States?


Sunniva Nyberg Karlsen, Olav Spigset, LARS Slørdal 
The Dark Side of Ecstasy: Neuropsychiatric  Symptoms After Exposure to 3,4-Methylenedioxymetamphetamine
John H. Halpern, Andrea R. Sherwood, James I. Hudson, Staci Gruber, David Kozin, Harrison G. Pope Jr 
Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs
John PA Ioannidis 
Effectiveness of antidepressants: an evidence myth constructed from a thousand randomized trials?
John M Davis, William J Giakas, Jie Qu, Pavan Prasad and Stefan Leucht 
Should We Treat Depression with drugs or
psychological interventions? A Reply to Ioannidis
Barry Everitt 
The Neural Basis of Drug Addiction
Martin Wiener, Matthew S. Matell and H B. Coslett 
Optimized Networks for Time Perception


The Spirit Molecule (Dir. Mitch Schultz, 2010. 10 parts) 
Michael Heinrich 
Ethnopharmacology in the 21st century – grand challenges
Rainer W Bussmann and Douglas Sharon 
Naming a Phantom - the Quest to Find the Identity of the Ulluchu, an Unidentified Cerimonial Plant of the Moche Culture in Northern Peru
Stephan A Padosch, Dirk W Lachenmeier and Lars U Kröner 
Absinthism: A Fictitious 19th. Centrury Syndrome with Present Impact
Ronald K. Bullis 
The “Vine of the Soul” vs. The Controlled Substances Act: Implications of the Hoasca Case


Tammy Saah 
The evolutionary origins and significance of drug addiction
Richard Sullivan, Isabel Behncke and Arnie Purushotham 
Why Do We Love Medicines So Much?
Ibogaine - Rite of Passage (Lun Arts Productions Documentary) 


Syed Ziaur Rahman, Rahat Ali Khan, Varun Gupta and Misbah Uddin 
Pharmacoenvironmentology – a component of pharmacovigilance


Thomas Szasz – Our Right to Drugs: An Interview with Thomas Szasz 
Lynn Zimmer 
The History of Cannabis Prohibition
A Report by TRANSFORM Drug Policy Foundation 
After the War on Drugs: Options for Control
Jonathan Birdwell, Jake Chapman, Nicola Singleton 
Taking Drugs Seriously: A DEMOS and UK Drug Policy Commission Report on Legal Highs
Global Commission on Drugs Report (2011)
Mike Trace 
Drug Policy – Lessons Learnt, and Options for the Future
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - Portugal's Drugs Policy
Kathy Gyngell 
The UK’s Treatment War on Drugs: A Lesson in Unintended Consequences and Perverse Outcomes

Counter-cultural psycho-pharmacology

Timothy Leary : Cooper Union Address, 1964 
David Pearce 
Utopian Pharmacology

Aesthetics and anaesthetics

Mike Jay 
The Atmosphere of Heaven: the 1799 Nitrous Oxide Researches Reconsidered
John Mann 
No Laughing Matter

Narco-cultural theory

Dave Boothroyd 
Deposition: Drugs in Theory
Peta Malins 
Machinic Assemblages: Deleuze, Guattari and an Ethico-Aesthetics of Drug Use


Franklin G. Miller, David Wendler, Leora C. Swartzman 
Deception in Research on the Placebo Effect
Rinah T Yamamoto, Katherine H Karlsgodt, David Rott, Scott E Lukas and Igor Elman 
Effects of perceived cocaine availability on subjective and objective responses to the drug
Understanding the Placebo Effect
Roundtable discussion with Robert Ader, Rob DeRubeis, John Kelley, Richard Kradin, and Rosamond Rhodes :


Joe Rogan talks about DMT 

Heroes of Drugs Research

PHIKAL (Part 2)
Alexander Shulgin 
Alexander Flemming 


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