- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (November 3, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888363347
- ISBN-13: 978-1888363340
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain Paperback – November 3, 1998
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If that subtitle triggers the response "Really well!," presumably the book's acquisition is a foregone conclusion. Although not suitable for a results-oriented collection, as would be, say, a DARE-funded project, it is a fine source of responsible information about how the verboten and vilified but perennially popular hallucinogenic drugs go about their nefarious business. Pellerin leavens scientific terminology with illustrations that include lots of the work of underground comic book artists, most notably that of comix superstar R. Crumb. More of the book is devoted to the history of hallucinogen use and control than to chemistry and biology, but the emphasis is on full and open discussion of recreational use. That Pellerin does not damn that practice outright may be an acquisitions disincentive for many libraries, which would be a shame, for her book is fresh, reasonable, and very engaging. Mike Tribby
About the Author
CHERYL PELLERIN is an independent science writer for broadcast and print. Her work appears regularly on the Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel.
R. CRUMB is an underground cartoonist and an American national treasure. He is the author of Robert Crumb’s Genesis, a fully illustrated edition of the first book of the Bible, and many legendary underground comics besides.
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After I read this book the first time, I kept going back and reading the first couple of chapters over and over again. The descriptions and illustrations of neurons and neurotransmitters in those chapters are a fantastic introduction to the exciting and ever expanding world of neuroscience. Now that I'm a neuroscientist, I can say without a doubt that this book is what sent me down the rabbit hole. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's hard not to love this book - definitely worth buying for yourself or giving as a gift.
I have to laugh when i see headlines in the news about how the government is willing to ignore it's own findings on the medicinal uses of marijuana due to the ideological monetary inconvenience that information imposes on the financial structure of certain government agencies...even more so given that the money could be better spent on policing real issues such as terrorism, violence...etc,etc.
The desire to alter conciousness is as old as humans themselves and this book illustrates that clearly and precise. There is even an altered states graphic form for the prospective experimenter to fill out.
Overall the nice comic illustrations provide the needed comic relief to get through some light scientific reading...although very accurate it's too light for any serious scientific or chemistry buffs. But for the average user(reader) it's good to know all that is included before you take any risks.
The section in the back of the book filled with URL's is also a great place to further your understanding of all the issues and information regarding LSD or any other illegal substance. A good fast read and I highly recommend this book.