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By Giorgio Samorini, Rob Montgomery

An Italian ethnobotanist explores the extraordinary propensity of untamed animals to find and use psychoactive ingredients.

• Throws out behaviorist theories that declare animals haven't any recognition.

• deals a totally new knowing of the function psychedelics play within the improvement of realization in all species.

• unearths drug use to be a normal intuition.

From caffeine-dependent goats to nectar addicted ants, the animal state deals notable examples of untamed animals and bugs looking for and eating the psychoactive elements of their environments. writer Giorgio Samorini explores this little-known phenomenon and means that, faraway from being restrained to people, the need to event altered states of cognizance is a usual force shared via all residing beings and that animals have interaction in those behaviors intentionally. Rejecting the Western cultural assumption that utilizing medicinal drugs is a unfavourable motion or the results of an disorder, Samorini opens our eyes to the prospect that beings who devour psychedelics--whether people or animals--contribute to the evolution in their species via developing solely new styles of habit that finally may be followed by way of different participants of that species. The author's attention-grabbing money owed of mushroom-loving reindeer, intoxicated birds, and drunken elephants make sure that readers won't ever view the animal global in particularly an analogous manner back.

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Nepeta should not be confused with another cat herb sold in pet stores, which is a type of grass whose stems, when chewed, induce vomiting in cats and act to purge their digestive systems. When a cat is offered catnip, its behavior is observable as a succession of four separate stages. First the cat sniffs the plant (which smells like mint and/or alfalfa to humans); second, it licks the leaves and sometimes chews them. Ronald K. Siegel says in Intoxication: Life in Pursuit of Artificial Paradise that the “chewing is often interrupted when the cat momentarily stares into space with a blank expression, then quickly shakes its head from side to side.

What seemed at first to be an exception now appears to be, instead, a behavioral rule scattered throughout all levels of the animal world—from mammals to birds and even insects—so that the interpretation of such behavior as a particular and individualized symptom of illness is no longer valid and acceptable. One must suspect, instead, that in the behavior of animals—and therefore, of human beings—the consumption of drugs constitutes some natural component. In other words, the appropriate drug triggers, within a given animal, some natural function not yet understood.

That animals drug themselves is a deceptively simple statement. Contained within it, as within the pages of this remarkable book, is nothing short of a radical reexamination of what it is to be human. The consequences of this simple truth are both far reaching and immediate. Let’s begin by breaking this concept down into two aspects: first, that animals do drug themselves as a nonartificial impulse and second, that they do so intentionally. That they drug themselves requires drawing upon the comparatively precise sciences of botany, chemistry, and pharmacology to discover what exactly are the drug sources, their composition, and their activity.

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