“Under the drug [LSD], [brain] regions once segregated spoke to one another.” (article quote)

Here is the link to the Guardian article titled “LDS’s impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images”.

Famous drug users and alcoholics (book)

Lattin, Don. Distilled Spirits: Getting High, then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.  [Huxley, Heard, Bill W]  Lattin also recently published The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America. New York: HarperOne, 2010.

Alcohol, heroin, and LSD across North American borders (book)

Essays in Elaine Carey and Andrae M. Marak, eds., Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Historical Perspective on Contraband and Vice in North America’s Borderlands (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011) include:

George T. Diaz, “Twilight of the Tequilerois: Prohibition-Era Smuggling in the South Texas Borderlands, 1919-1933”

Dan Malleck, “Crossing the Line: Transnational Drinking and the Biopolitics of Liquor Regulation in Ontario, 1927-1944”

Elaine Carey, “Selling is More of a Habit than Using: Narcotraficante Lola la Chata and Her Threat to Civilization, 1930-1960”

Marcel Martel, “Preventing the Invasion: LSD Use in Canada during the Sixties”



Regulation of drugs in Canada (book)

Edgar André Montigny, The Real Dope: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on the Regulation of Drugs in Canada (University of Toronto, 2011).

Recent debate around the potential decriminalization of marijuana, along with a growing perception that illicit drug use is on the rise, has brought the role of the state in controlling intoxication to the forefront of public discussion. Until now, however, there has been little scholarly consideration of the legal and social regulation of drug use in Canada. In The Real Dope, Edgar-Andre Montigny brings together leading scholars from a diverse range of fields—including history, law, political science, criminology, and psychology—to examine the relationship between moral judgment and legal regulation.

  1. Setting Public Policy on Drugs: A Choice of Social Values by Line Beauchesne (University of Ottawa)
  2. Unmaking Manly Smokes: Church, State, Governance and the First Anti-Smoking Campaign in Montreal, 1892-1914 by Jarrett Rudy (McGill University)
  3. From Flapper to Sophisticate: Canadian Women University Students as Smokers, 1920-1960 by Sharon Anne Cook (University of Ottawa)
  4. “Their Medley of Tongues and Eternal Jangle”: Liquor Control & Ethnicity in Ontario, 1927-44 by Dan Malleck (Brock University)
  5. Becoming a “Hype”: Drug Law, Subculture Formation and Resistance in Canada, 1945-61 by Catherine Carstairs (University of Guelph)
  6. “Just Say Know”: Criminalizing LSD and the Politics of Psychedelic Expertise, 1961-68 by Erika Dyck (University of Saskatchewan)
  7. Setting Boundaries: LSD Use and Glue-Sniffing in Ontario in the Sixties by Marcel Martel (York University)
  8. From Beverage to Drug: Alcohol and Other Drugs in 1960s and 1970s Canada by Greg Marquis (University of New Brunswick, Saint John)
  9. Considering the Revolving Door: The Inevitability of Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System by Dawn Moore (Carleton University)
  10. Biopolitics, Geopolitics and the Regulation of (Club) Drugs in Canada by Kyle Grayson (York University)
  11. Afterword: A Personal Reflection on the Law and Illicit Drug Use by Alan Young (Osgoode Hall Law School)

United States Narcotic Farm 1935-1975

Nancy Campbell, Historian of Science, and Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensalear Polytechnic Institute co-edited with filmmakers J.P. Olson and Luke Walden The Narcotic Farm: A History of Photographs, Abrams: New York, 2008. This book is an offshoot of the 1 hour documentary film "The Narcotic Farm" completed last Fall by the two filmmakers and broadcast on various public stations over the last seven months. 

The film is not available for purchase at this time, but people are encouraged to ask their local PBS station to air it. It is distributed to public TV by NETA and is available for all public TV programmers. People are asked to contact the filmmakers through the film website to find out how to preview the film.