Pharmacology, the science of drugs, is one of the methods scientists are able to manipulate brain function. Humans have had a long history of this type of manipulation from the Mayans using drugs to reach psychedelic insights on humanity, to disease management and of course modern drug use.
“ Every society is a high society. Every day, people drink coffee on European terraces and kava in Pacific villages; sniff cocaine in American suburbs and petrol in Aborigine slums; chew betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy tablets in the clubs of Amsterdam and opium pills in the deserts of Rajasthan; smoke ya’aba in Thai nightclubs, hashish in Himalayan temples and tobacco in every nation on earth.” Mike Jay
High Society explores the spectrum of mind-altering substances across the globe and throughout history. Illustrated with rarely seen material, it sets its controversial subject in the widest possible context.