The Inexorable Rise of “Smart” Drug Abuse by Dr Jack

Cosmetic psychopharmacology, cognitive enhancement or simply smart drugs, call it what you will, the use of pharmaceutical agents like methylphenidate (Ritalin) and modafinil (Provigil) for performance enhancement and sleep avoidance is rife. Throughout big business, software development, academia, poker tournaments and – according to a recent academic paper – even the medical establishment itself, many healthy individuals are opting to optimise brain function with drugs specifically intended for the treatment of illnesses, simply to keep up with the breakneck pace of life in the 21st century.

Review: High Society at the Wellcome Trust Collection by Dr Jack Lewis

With just one week to go before it closes (Sun 27th Feb 2011) I visited the “High Society” exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London yesterday so thought I’d take a few moments to review it here.
Since last November and for only further 7 days this space addresses the issue of mind-altering drugs, used to one degree or another across ALL cultures of the world, through a lovely collection of drug paraphernalia from all over the globe. This FREE EXHIBIT includes a 6th century BC embossed tablets from the Middle East describing some of the medical uses of Cannabis sativa, through ornately decorated tobacco pipes, via ancient betel nut cutters, indian and chinese opium pipes right up to the modern day DIY crackpipe (comprising a small water bottle, a biro casing and some perforated tin foil).