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By Cynthia Palmer, Michael Horowitz

Women were experimenting with medicines because the earliest occasions, but debts in their reviews 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 gear, dared go the bounds set through society. no matter if with LSD, peyote, cocaine, heroine, MDMA, or marijuana, those girls sought to arrive different degrees of realization. occasionally their quests introduced unforeseen rewards, occasionally affliction. the decisions during this anthology—penned by way of such well-known names as Billie vacation, Anaïs Nin, Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher—show that the psychedelic reports of girls were something yet stereotypical.


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During the course of her adventures underground, Alice twice eats psychoactive cake akin to imported hashish confections available in England at that time, twice drinks from a bottle similar to contemporary ones that contained opiate medicines, and five times eats a piece of hallucinogenic, two-sided mushroom. She experiences a classic array of drug effects: time distortion, ego-loss, difficulty in thinking logically, the occasional intrusion of paranoia, and the subjective experience of transformation in physical size.

Disease and infection were much more rampant during the Victorian period than in the West today. The death of loved ones at an early age was a common experience in most families. Tuberculosis wasted the lungs of several generations and established invalidism as a way of life. Opium’s medical benefits and ready availability easily overshadowed concern about its addictive nature. 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.

Mama Coca Coca, the world’s strongest organic stimulant, was long regarded as a sacred plant by the Inca civilization of Peru. The plant was deified as Mama Coca and associated with the constellation of the Virgin. As a symbol of divinity, coca was initially used only by Inca royalty; in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries Mama Coca was the designation of several Inca queens, and some princesses adopted Coca as a middle name. Eventually many chewed and worshiped the leaves of the coca bush.

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