The Complete Social History of Lsd : The Cia, the Sixties, and Beyond
Paperback ISBN: 0802130623
Acid Dreams is the complete social history of LSD and the counterculture it helped to define in the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and astonishing account-part of it gleaned from secret government files-tells how the CIA became obsessed with LSD as an espionage weapon during the early l950s and launched a massive covert research program, in which countless unwitting citizens were used as guinea pigs. Though the CIA was intent on keeping the drug to itself, it ultimately couldn't prevent it from spreading into the popular culture; here LSD had a profound impact and helped spawn a political and social upheaval that changed the face of America. From the clandestine operations of the government to the escapades of Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, and many others, Acid Dreams provides an important and entertaining account that goes to the heart of a turbulent period in our history. "Engaging throughout . . . at once entertaining and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The Nation; "Marvelously detailed . . . loaded with startling revelations." - Los Angeles Daily News; "An engrossing account of a period . . . when a tiny psychoactive molecule affected almost every aspect of Western life." - William S. Burroughs; "An important historical synthesis of the spread and effects of a drug that served as a central metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.
LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
Paperback ISBN: 0147516374
An examination of the transformative and therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs draws on half a century of scientific, political and legal controversy while outlining key findings about their role in the treatment of PTSD and other conditions. 40,000 first printing.
The American Disease
Origins of Narcotic Control
Paperback ISBN: 0195125096
The American Disease is a classic study of the development of drug laws in the United States. Supporting the theory that Americans' attitudes toward drugs have followed a cyclic pattern of tolerance and restraint, author David F. Musto examines the relationz between public outcry and the creation of prohibitive drug laws from the end of the Civil War up to the present. Originally published in 1973, and then in an expanded edition in 1987, this third edition contains a new chapter and preface that both address the renewed debate on policy and drug legislation from the end of the Reagan administration to the current Clinton administration. Here, Musto thoroughly investigates how our nation has dealt with such issues as the controversies over prevention programs and mandatory minimum sentencing, the catastrophe of the crack epidemic, the fear of a heroin revival, and the continued debate over the legalization of marijuana.
Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis-and How to End It
Hardcover ISBN: 1250196264
A recovery advocate for the Facing Addiction not-for-profit and former White House staffer traces his own recovery journey while comprehensively explaining the national opioid crisis and his recommendations for addressing it.
An Anatomy of Addiction
Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine
Paperback ISBN: 1400078792
The astonishing account of the decades-long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted. The author discusses the physical and emotional damage caused by the constant use of the then-heralded wonder drug, and of how each man ultimately changed the world in spite of it--or because of it.
Assassin of Youth
A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs
Hardcover ISBN: 022627697x
Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from its establishment in 1930 until his retirement in 1962, Harry J. Anslinger is the United States’ little known first drug czar. Anslinger was a profligate propagandist with a flair for demonizing racial and immigrant groups and perhaps best known for his zealous pursuit of harsh drug penalties and his particular animus for marijuana users. But what made Anslinger who he was, and what cultural trends did he amplify and institutionalize? Having just passed the hundredth anniversary of the Harrison Act—which consolidated prohibitionist drug policy and led to the carceral state we have today—and even as public doubts about the drug war continue to grow, now is the perfect time to evaluate Anslinger’s social, cultural, and political legacy. In Assassin of Youth, Alexandra Chasin gives us a lyrical, digressive, funny, and ultimately riveting quasi-biography of Anslinger. Her treatment of the man, his times, and the world that arose around and through him is part cultural history, part kaleidoscopic meditation. Each of the short chapters is anchored in a historical document—the court decision in Webb v. US (1925), a 1935 map of East Harlem, FBN training materials from the 1950s, a personal letter from the Treasury Department in 1985—each of which opens onto Anslinger and his context. From the Pharmacopeia of 1820 to death of Sandra Bland in 2015, from the Pennsylvania Railroad to the last passenger pigeon, and with forays into gangster lives, CIA operatives, and popular detective stories, Chasin covers impressive ground. Assassin of Youth is as riotous and loose a history of drug laws as can be imagined—and yet it culminates in an arresting and precise revision of the emergence of drug prohibition. Today, even as marijuana is slowly being legalized, we still have not fully reckoned with the racist and xenophobic foundations of our cultural appetite for the severe punishment of drug offenders. In Assassin of Youth, Chasin shows us the deep, twisted roots of both our love and our hatred for drug prohibition.
The Big Book of Buds
Marijuana Varieties from the World's Great Seed Breeders
Paperback ISBN: 0932551483
The fourth volume of the Guru of Ganja’s Big Book of Buds series is here with all new varieties from the world’s greatest seed breeders. It is both an eye-catching coffee table book and the most informative, up-to-date variety resource guide available. The Big Book of Buds Volume 4 provides information for connoisseurs and gardeners alike: descriptions of appearance, cultivation preferences, range of highs, and medicinal qualities. Spanish and California strains are included for the first time, offering more outdoor selections to gardeners in southern climates. Exciting new award-winning varieties from Dutch and Canadian seed companies provide even more choices for everyone. With valuable gardening tips and insightful reflections on the role of marijuana as a social unifier and catalyst, this is the book for marijuana lovers and cannabis converts that are coming out of the closet.
An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business
Hardcover ISBN: 113728000x
The founder of Green Man Cannabis presents an inside look at the legal marijuana industry and shares his experiences on the movement's front lines, while speculating on industry growth and the future role of corporate interests in this market.
The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty
Hardcover ISBN: 006244848x
Follows the dangerous attempts made by two FBI agents to bring down the fearsome leader of an infamous drug cartel, Miguel Treviäno, who was laundering money through American quarter horse racing.