There is no good book on the different types of drugs discussed in this chapter or on the new discoveries about endogenous drugs. An interesting book on the plant sources of natural drugs is William Emboden's Narcotic Plants (New York: Macmillan, 1979). Emboden is a botanist who uses the word narcotic as a synonym for psychoactive. The book covers all categories of psychoactive plants: depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and deliriants. It includes many illustrations and color plates and much information on the traditions and uses of these plants in all parts of the world.
Guide to Psychoactive Drugs by Richard Seymour and David E. Smith (New York: Harrington Park Press, 1987) is a good, readable reference book. See also Uppers, Downers, All Arounders (cited on page 13).
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