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Plants and the human brain

Author: David O Kennedy
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
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Overview: We're all familiar with the idea that plant-derived chemicals can have an impact on the functioning of the human brain. Most of us reach for a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, many of us occasionally eat some chocolate, some smoke a cigarette or take an herbal supplement, and some people use illicit drugs. We know a great deal about the mechanisms by which the psychoactive components of these various  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David O Kennedy
ISBN: 9780199914012 019991401X
OCLC Number: 855044300
Description: xi, 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. From shamans to starbucks --
2. Secondary metabolites and the life of plants --
3. More alike than we are unalike --
Why do plant chemicals affect the human brain? --
4. Alkaloids and the lives of plants and humans --
5. The rewarding or addictive drugs --
6. The hallucinogens --
7. The deliriants --
The nightshade (Solanaceae) family --
8. Phenolics and the lives of plants and animals --
9. Phenolics and the human brain --
10. Terpenes and the lives of plants and animals --
11. The Lamiaceae sub-tribe Salviinae --
the Salvia, Rosmarinus and Melissa genera --
12. Cannabis and the cannabinoids --
13. Some miscellaneous terpenes --
14. In conclusion: comparing and contrasting the alkaloids, phenolics and terpenes.
Responsibility: David O. Kennedy.

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Discusses how plant-based chemicals affect and interact with the human brain and its evolution.  Read more...

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[A] landmark contribution to psychopharmacology and human health ... Students, teachers, and researchers of herbal medicine, biochemistry and phytochemistry, nutrition, psychopharmacology, ecology, Read more...

 
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