Flashback Friday: Stimulants • High Times


Published in the July, 1983 issue of High Times, the following is an excerpt from the book Chocolate to Morphine: Understanding Mind-Active Drugs by Andrew Weil, M.D. and children’s book author Winifred Rosen, which was originally written to educate young people and their parents about drugs.

Stimulants are drugs that make people feel more alert and energetic by activating or exciting the nervous system. There are many stimulant drugs in current use; some are plants found in nature, others are chemicals made in the laboratory. These different drugs produce somewhat different effects, lasting for varying lengths of time, but all of them raise the energy level of the nervous system in roughly the same way.

The individual nerves in our bodies communicate with each other both electrically and chemically. A nerve impulse is an electric discharge that moves quickly along the fiber of a nerve cell. The fiber may end at a muscle, a gland or another nerve cell, but there is always a tiny…


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