Drugs are our no.1 enemy today and we all know what effects they have on human body. There was a time, however, when people had no idea about them. They were taking one drug after another, at the recommendation of medics, who were as poorly informed as their patients. These are the the top 10 illegal drugs which used to be legal:
I am sure you will be surprised to know that heroin was once as legal as a product may be. Not only that it was ok to buy it, but it was also recommended by medics! Heroin has a interesting story, actually: It was first created by a pharmaceutical company as a safe, non-addictive product, which was meant to replace the vicious morphine. Little did they know about the evil they had brought on Earth! Heroin was created in 1874 and was restricted in 1914. It was completely outlawed in 1924, but by then, numerous people who only needed a pain relief medicine were already heroin addicts.
One of the illegal drugs that were once legal is also the cocaine. Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant, which grows in South America. It was used for many hundreds of years by native peoples of South America as a pain killer. Chemist Albert Niemann had the bad idea of extracting the cocaine hydrochloride from the coca plant. It was then when it all bagan: praised for its “ qualities” cocaine was used in surgeries, as an anesthetic, in depression, anxiety and-what an irony!-to cure morphine addiction.Many tonics and medicine contained this ingredient and it is believed that even the original formula for Coca-Cola contained cocaine.
Opium was introduced in America by Chinese workers and it was a hit. Another version of it, the laudanum (opium and alcohol) was used by doctors especially as a pain relief drug. Also, opium was administrated to babies during teething. However, people became aware of its many negative effects quite quickly and its use was first restricted, then made illegal. It was too late for the already addicts, though.
Created by a Japanese chemist at the end of the 19th century, it was also seen as a great “universal” medicine, used to treat wide number of disorders, from depression to seasonal allergies, only 60 years ago. However, in the ’70s, people were already aware of its addictive side-effects and this legal drug was made illegal as well.
Ecstasy was not illegal in the USA until 1984, when the consumption of Ecstasy increased dramatically and began being used by youngsters in clubs to “enhance their mood”. Created accidentally in 1912 by an American chemist and for Merck pharmaceutics and was not popular until the ’70s, when a psychiatrist started using it in this field of activity as a way of making patients to cooperate.
LSD’s first use as a drug dates from 1943, when a scientist who invented this good for nothing substance accidentally ingested it and thus, got high. Actually, it was initially considered that it could be good for something and psychiatrists tried using it in their treatments, in order to discover its benefits. The naivety concerning the new drug was so high that the authority sold the formula to ordinary people, so that they could make their own LSD.
GHB is one of the strangest and the most dangerous substances for 2 reasons. First, this is the drug known as “the date-rape drug”: it is put in the glass of the victim and once ingested, it stimulates sexuality and also erases memory of the incident. What is more, it does not change the taste of the drink, so the woman has no way to discover the evil deed. Also, hours after ingestion, the GBH transforms into water and carbon dioxide, and hence, it cannot be detected.
8. Psilocybin Mushrooms
Also known as “magic mushrooms”, they were not popular in the West until “Life Magazine” made them famous: two researchers, experienced the effect of these mushrooms during a ceremony of the South American indigenous people, who are using them since many ages. Soon after, other people tried it as well and it became a trend to write books about the magic mushrooms or to grow them in the house. They do not become addictive but by contrary: as in the case of most poisons, the more frequently users ingest them, the faster their body gets used to them and the hallucinogenic effects is lost. They are illegal in many countries today.
Peyote is a small species of cactus, known to Indian Americans since thousands of years. It grows in a very limited area in Texas and cannot be cultivated anywhere else. Though it is illegal for most people , the small community named “Peyote church”, which gathers native American Indians, is allowed to use it , because their use of plant, as part of their religious practices preceeds the modern use of peyote as a psychedelic.
Growing in the wilderness of many regions on Earth, this plant has more than 400 chemical compounds, thus resulting in the many different effects it has on humans. I am sure you know all the ordinary things regarding marijuana, but what you might be interested to know is that the different elements within the plant may have other effects as well, not only the psychedelic one: while recent studies show that it may reduce the effects of chemotherapy , it may also cause psychiatric problems of all kinds. One of the illegal drugs that used to be legal, cannabis use was not restricted until 1937.