Psychoactive Chemicals

Mankind's favorite past-time.

Preface:

Psychoactive chemicals have been used by mankind for centuries, whether man needed that extra boost of energy, relaxation, or had the desire to embark on a spiritual journey, he consumed mind-altering substances to fulfill that goal.

Classifications.

Psychoactive drugs come in 3 main varieties.


  • Stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Hallucinogens

*Note:

Marijuana shares many characteristics with depressants, though it is often considered it's own unique category, due to its psychedelic properties.

Modern Vs. Archaic Use

While today, most psychoactive chemicals are consumed in a refined state, such as prescription medication or concentrated narcotics, ancient man consumed them in their natural states, such as coca leaves, as opposed to cocaine, or opium, as opposed to heroin.
Ancient drugs