Chocolate to Morphine: Understanding Mind-Active Drugs by Andrew Weil, Winifred Rosen

By Andrew Weil, Winifred Rosen

This definitive resource ebook on psychoactive medicinal drugs . . . offers elementary discussions of every substance's nature, the way it is probably going to impact the physique, and what precautions are essential to restrict any capability for damage. generally illustrated with images and line drawings.

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Only in analyz­ ing people’s relationships with drugs can good and bad have meaning. Some people may be upset by the notion that you can have a good relationship with a drug, but chances are they fail to acknowledge that many socially accepted substances are, in fact, drugs. Relationships with Drugs Chocolate to Morphine 26 Good relationships with drugs have four common charac­ teristics: 1. Recognition that the substance you are using is a drug and awareness o f what it does to your body. People who wind up in the worst relationships with drugs often have little under­ standing of the substances they use.

48 There are a number of different amphetamines, but all have the same basic effect. Plain amphetamine (Benzedrine) was the first to become popular. Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methamphetamine (Methedrine) are effective in lower doses but otherwise are similar to the parent compound. A few other drugs — methylphenidate (Ritalin), for example — resemble amphetamines in effect even though they have a different chem­ ical structure. Today we know that regular use of amphetamines, espe­ cially by people who are neurotic, depressed, or fat, is not a good idea.

Not only do the drugs fail to help their problems, they often complicate matters by creating another kind of depen­ dence. Most of the cases of amphetamine abuse in the past thirty years have involved legally manufactured and prescribed drugs. Beginning in the 1970s, criticism of the promotional practices of pharmaceutical companies and of the prescribing practices of physicians brought about severe restrictions on the medical use of these compounds. Today amphetamines can be prescribed for only a few conditions.

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