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Essential Substances: A Cultural History of Intoxicants in Society (Kodansha globe series)

by Rudgley, Richard

Publisher:Kodansha Globe



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A cross-cultural history of how humanity's use of intoxicants has affected societies across the centuries and how attitudes towards these substances have been shaped. Fly agaric mushrooms used by Siberian shamans, peyote in the Americas, qat in Africa, to hallucinogens like marijuana and stimulants like cocoa, coffee and tea are all subjects discussed. Key archaeological finds are also used to confirm ancient use of opium and cannabis which the author links to art forms such as cave paintings.

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