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As we all probably know, drugs aren't new. They've been around for thousands of years. Even [[elephants]] have been known to eat narcotic plants before taking long treks across deserts! Just to note, the purpose of this page is '''not''' to encourage or endorse the use of drugs, but to explore medieval recreation. So now, what were some of the narcotics used? Here's just a sample of what they had access to:
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As we all probably know, drugs aren't new. They've been around for thousands of years. Even [[elephant]]s have been known to eat narcotic [[plant]]s before taking long treks across deserts! Just to note, the purpose of this page is '''not''' to encourage or endorse the use of drugs, but to explore [[medieval]] [[recreation]]. So now, what were some of the narcotics used? Here's just a sample of what they had access to:
  
*[[Hemp]] - yes. I'm sure many of you have seen/experienced the effects of this plant. Psychedlic.
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*[[Hemp]] - yes. I'm sure many of you have seen/experienced the effects of this plant. Psychedelic.
*[[Khat]] - A stimulant of East Africa and Arabia, containing opium alkaloids. (http://www.unodc.org/unodc/bulletin/bulletin_1956-01-01_4_page004.html)
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*[[Khat]] - A stimulant of East [[Africa]] and [[Arabia]], containing [[opium]] alkaloids. (http://www.unodc.org/unodc/bulletin/bulletin_1956-01-01_4_page004.html)
*[[Lobelia]] - a.k.a. Indian tobacco (not everyone is entirely convinced of its narcotic properties though)
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*[[Lobelia]] - a.k.a. [[India]]n [[tobacco]] (not everyone is entirely convinced of its narcotic properties though)
 
*[[Syrian Rue]] - contains the hallucinogenic alkaloids.
 
*[[Syrian Rue]] - contains the hallucinogenic alkaloids.
*[[Belladonna]] - In the ''[[nightshade]]'' family. Hallucinogenic, well known throughout medieval Europe. Poisonous.
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*[[Belladonna]] - In the ''[[nightshade]]'' family. Hallucinogenic, well known throughout medieval [[Europe]]. [[Poison]]ous.
*[[Henbane]] - hypnotic, native to Europe, northern Africa, and western and central Asia.
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*[[Henbane]] - hypnotic, native to Europe, northern Africa, and western and central [[Asia]].
 
*[[Fly agaric mushroom]] - one of the oldest known hallucinogens...
 
*[[Fly agaric mushroom]] - one of the oldest known hallucinogens...
 
*[[Nutmeg]]
 
*[[Nutmeg]]
 
*[[Periwinkle]]
 
*[[Periwinkle]]
 
*[[Woad]]
 
*[[Woad]]
*[[Cocaine]]
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*[[Coca]]
 
*[[Opium]]
 
*[[Opium]]
 
*[[Datura]]
 
*[[Datura]]
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Latest revision as of 09:47, 2 July 2008

As we all probably know, drugs aren't new. They've been around for thousands of years. Even elephants have been known to eat narcotic plants before taking long treks across deserts! Just to note, the purpose of this page is not to encourage or endorse the use of drugs, but to explore medieval recreation. So now, what were some of the narcotics used? Here's just a sample of what they had access to:

... more to come.