This gallery is an excerpt from The Drug Book by Michael C. Gerald.
The search for drugs that free humankind from suffering is a pursuit that crosses time and time zones. Humans have long relied upon natural substances to attain relief from ailments afflicting the mind and body. While most of these herbs satisfied an immediate need to fill an empty stomach, a select few altered physical or mental states.
Depending on the substance ingested and its quantity, the effects ranged from lifesaving to disastrous. Early local healers separated those herbs that were harmful or ineffective from those that provided benefits, and the latter emerged as the medicines of that era. A few survived the test of time, enhancing well-being even today.
Here we take a look at seven notable milestones in the history of drugs, from ancient times through to today.