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The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine : Plant Drugs That Alter Mind, Brain, and Behavior - Marcello Spinella

The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine

Plant Drugs That Alter Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780262692656
Number Of Pages: 590
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Virtually all cultures consume drugs from psychoactive plants. Caffeine, for example, is probably the most common stimulant in the world, and many modern medicines, such as morphine and codeine, are derived from plant sources. In these cases, scientific research has revealed the composition of the plants and how they interact with the nervous system. There are also many herbal medications with reputed therapeutic value that have not yet gained acceptance into mainstream medicine, partly because there has not been enough research to support their usefulness. Instead they are regarded as "alternative medicines." This is an active research area, however, and many current studies are focusing on identifying the active components, pharmacological properties, physiological effects, and clinical efficacy of herbal medicines. This book compiles and integrates the most up-to-date information on the major psychoactive herbal medicines--that is, herbal medicines that alter mind, brain, and behavior. It focuses particularly on the effects on various areas of cognition, including attention, learning, and memory. The book covers all major classes of psychoactive drugs, including stimulants, cognitive enhancers, sedatives and anxiolytics, psychotherapeutic herbs, analgesics and anesthetic plants, hallucinogens, and cannabis.

Introductionp. 1
Basic Neurosciencesp. 23
Basic Pharmacologyp. 53
Stimulant Plantsp. 73
Cognitive Enhancersp. 131
Herbal Sedatives and Anxiolyticsp. 195
Psychotherapeutic Herbsp. 233
Analgesic and Anesthetic Plantsp. 281
Hallucinogenic Plantsp. 329
Cannabisp. 391
Referencesp. 429
Recommended Readingp. 555
Indexp. 561
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ISBN: 9780262692656
ISBN-10: 0262692651
Series: The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 590
Published: 1st June 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.77