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By Cynthia Palmer, Michael Horowitz

Women were experimenting with medicinal drugs because the earliest instances, but money owed in their reports were relegated to sociological experiences or sensationalized tales. Sisters of the Extreme offers us with the eloquent writings of ladies who, via their use of substances, dared pass the bounds set through society. no matter if with LSD, peyote, cocaine, heroine, MDMA, or marijuana, those girls sought to arrive different degrees of awareness. occasionally their quests introduced unforeseen rewards, occasionally ache. the decisions during this anthology—penned via such well-known names as Billie vacation, Anaïs Nin, Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher—show that the psychedelic stories of girls were something yet stereotypical.


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Opium was called “God’s own medicine”; besides relieving pain and stress it was believed to remedy an astonishing array of ailments—coughs, fevers, diarrhea, rheumatism, neuralgia, and insomnia, among others. Opium was also cheap. ” Although some warnings of addiction were sounded, and a moral crusade against opium was launched in the wake of the mid– nineteenth-century opium wars between England and China, the narcotic found its way into scores of patent medicines in Europe, England, and the United States.

With the exception of law enforcement and drug trafficking, women were a significant part of every trend of this period, and in some cases played major roles. The literature of women’s drug experiences is roughly divided between accounts of repeated use with commitment to a drug-related lifestyle, and instances of isolated, private experiences, either intentional or accidental but almost always profound. The voices of this book often emanate from actual underworlds, or from the interior realms of consciousness.

The Thai harvester shown below will later use the dried cap of the poppy for her baby’s rattle. Kavakava Ceremony Young female virgins prepared kavakava, a Polynesian ceremonial drink, by first chewing the roots of a shrub (Piper methysticum). The drug, which is used socially as well as in religious ceremonies, has both hypnotic and euphoriant qualities. Harvesting opium Iboga Initiation Young women of the Bwiti cult undergo an initiation rite under the influence of eboka, the psychoactive root of a forest shrub (Tabernanthe iboga) found in the Congo and parts of West Africa.

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