According to some scholars, drugs have existed longer than humans.  Yet, there is growing research that indicates humans and drugs have co-evolved since our minds have developed specific receptors to interact with psychoactive plants.  The exact explanation for this is far from complete.  However, to understand the complexities of addictions, abuse, and our societal reaction to drugs, it helps to understand drug history, the ancient origins of controlled substances and how people have discovered ways of using them.

While California drug laws do not consider the historic roots of psychoactive substances (potentially with the exception of marijuana), a global perspective on why some individuals desire one drug over another could hold the answer to developing lasting drug policy. If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation.

The History of Today’s Common Drugs

To understand the ancient roots of today’s common drugs, please follow the links to the substances listed below.