Intoxicating minds is exactly what the title suggests: a text about brain drugs and drugged brains. Mind bending drugs are the order of the day, including those used to bend the mind back to “normal” and those so commonly used that their effects are taken for granted. The gamut of psychoactive pharmacology is sampled and discussed-alcohol and nicotine, uppers and downers, hallucinogens and psychedelics, and tea and coffee.
This book comes with a good pedigree. As so often promised by the blurb of brain books, it is written by a leading brain researcher, Professor Ciaran Regan. Evidently, it is also part of an Open University series called Maps of the Mind. It is not an encyclopaedia of drugs and does not attempt to be comprehensive. Its chapters are organised in themes rather than “everything you need to know” about this or that drug. The chapter titles are ambiguous and do