Plant Hallucinogens: Shamans and Animism
Plants have evolved chemical defenses: substance that alter the biochemistry
Humans disocered plants that alter perception and emotions
Shamans were knowledgeable in using these plans fo
Naturally occurring substance derived from opium poppy. (6000 years of
Relieve pain and suffering (Leading to recreational use)
From Greek for Stupor
o Dazed, dreamy state of wakefulness
True narcotic dru
The Tobacco Dilemma
A legal product used by many
The leading cause of preventable death among Americans
~18% of Americans Smoke
o Down from ~28% in 1999 and ~41% in 1944
o >80% of smokers wish they could quiet
o ~50% of smokers die prematurely
Cannabis: The Plant
Marijuana is leafy material from the Cannabis plant that is smoked
Effect complex: different from depressants, narcotics, and hallucinogens
o Pain relief
o Hallucinations (in large doses)
Intro to Drugs (continued)
Regulation of Drug Use
What is a drug?
Who takes drugs?
Why do people take drugs?
What is a Drug?
Drug defined: any substance that in small amounts
causes changes in body, brain, behavior