Archeologists speculate that this female deity, crowned with poppy pods, presided over an opium- smoking cult on ancient Crete 3,500 years ago.
Opium has played a dramatic and varied role in human history, inspiring religious veneration, scientific exploration, the bitterest rancor, and the most fanciful ecstasy.
Flowers in the Blood lifts the veil of mystery that has surrounded opium down through the ages. In this book you will discover:
At times disconcerting—raising serious questions about attitudes and approaches toward powerful drugs and their control—Flowers in the Blood is an essential addition to the literature of opium, and a wide-awake look at the stuff that dreams (and nightmares) are made of.
"Thoroughgoing and at times very funny… An irreverent, exuberant, sometimes eminently sensible affair."–Kirkus Review