Historical and cultural aspects of man's relationship with addictive drugs

  title={Historical and cultural aspects of man's relationship with addictive drugs},
  author={M. A. Crocq},
  journal={Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience},
  pages={355 - 361}
  • M. Crocq
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Psychology
  • Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Our taste for addictive psychoactive substances is attested to in the earliest human records. Historically, psychoactive substances have been used by (i) priests in religious ceremonies (eg, amanita muscaria); (ii) healers for medicinal purposes (eg, opium); or (iii) the general population in a socially approved way (eg, alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine). Our forebears refined more potent compounds and devised faster routes of administration, which contributed to abuse. Pathological use was… 
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