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Brilliant Visions: Peyote among the Aesthetes

- July 25, 2019 in aesthetes, Arthur Symons, drugs, early use of mescaline, early use of peyote, early use of psychedelics, Featured Articles, Havelock ellis, mescaline, peyote, psychedelics, Science & Medicine, Silas Weir Mitchell

Used by the indigenous peoples of the Americas for millennia, it was only in the last decade of the 19th century that the powerful effects of mescaline began to be systematically explored by curious non-indigenous Americans and Europeans. Mike Jay looks at one such pioneer Havelock Ellis who, along with his small circle of fellow artists and writers, documented in wonderful detail his psychedelic experiences.

Opium Destruction, San Francisco (1914)

- September 22, 2016 in burning, drugs, fire, narcotics, opium, san fransisco

In the shadow of an unfinished City Hall, still clad in scaffolding, government authorities destroy confiscated opium in downtown San Fransisco, 1914.

Opium Destruction, San Francisco (1914)

- September 22, 2016 in burning, drugs, fire, narcotics, opium, san fransisco

In the shadow of an unfinished City Hall, still clad in scaffolding, government authorities destroy confiscated opium in downtown San Fransisco, 1914.

Opium Destruction, San Francisco (1914)

- September 22, 2016 in burning, drugs, fire, narcotics, opium, san fransisco

In the shadow of an unfinished City Hall, still clad in scaffolding, government authorities destroy confiscated opium in downtown San Fransisco, 1914.

Alcohol and the Human Body (1949)

- December 15, 2015 in alcohol, alcoholism, drugs, health

An educational film by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films showing the effects that alcohol has on the human body and brain as well as the dangers of alcoholism.

Alcohol and the Human Body (1949)

- December 15, 2015 in alcohol, alcoholism, drugs, health

An educational film by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films showing the effects that alcohol has on the human body and brain as well as the dangers of alcoholism.

Wild Heart Turning White: Georg Trakl and Cocaine

- October 29, 2014 in baudelaire, cocaine, drugs, first world war, georg trakl, karl kraus, poetry, snow, ww1

To mark the 100th anniversary of the death by cocaine overdose of Austrian lyric poet Georg Trakl, Richard Millington explores the role of the drug in the Trakl's life and works.

“O, Excellent Air Bag”: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide

- August 6, 2014 in coleridge, drugs, humphry davy, laughing gas, nitrous oxide, pneumatic institute, Science & Medicine, thomas beddoes

The summer of 1799 saw a new fad take hold in one remarkable circle of British society: the inhalation of "Laughing Gas". The overseer and pioneer of these experiments was a young Humphry Davy, future President of the Royal Society. Mike Jay explores how Davy's extreme and near-fatal regime of self-experimentation with the gas not only marked a new era in the history of science but a turn toward the philosophical and literary romanticism of the century to come.

Tractatus de Herbis (ca.1440)

- April 22, 2014 in drugs, herbs, medicine, medieval, sloane 4016, Tractatus de Herbis

Selections from a beautifully illustrated 15th century version of the “Tra…

Tractatus de Herbis (ca.1440)

- April 22, 2014 in drugs, herbs, medicine, medieval, sloane 4016, Tractatus de Herbis

Selections from a beautifully illustrated 15th century version of the “Tra…