When taking a look at this century, it’s easy to recognize a number of inventions that helped people shape their society into its current form. Think about such important inventions as telephones, cars, trains, electricity, and others. You can see their major impacts in your everyday life because people are dependent on them. This means that these inventions play a huge role in defining the modern society and its culture.
However, there are other thins introduced to people at this time period. It’s true that they are as important as the above-mentioned inventions in terms to American culture, but the main difference is that they are not as public and widely accepted as something good. For example, this can be said for narcotics or drugs that changed the perception of many people of this world. Keep in mind that they don’t have a huge influence, unlike wholesome inventions, but they play an important role in creating the American society.
Basically, there are many drug types available in the world, and most of them have been used by people for centuries. Take into account Chinese people who smoked opium, native Americans who used hallucinogenic mushrooms and Peyote for different religious purposes, and Rastafarians who used marijuana as their basic prayer tool. It’s worth mentioning that drugs were not taken by most Caucasoid nations who origins come from Europe. They started to use narcotics only in the 20th century, and their only narcotic was alcohol.
Once drugs were introduced to the general public in America, they were integrated in this culture. There is no need to remind you that narcotics are illegal substances these days. Take opium into account because it was first introduced to the public in the 1800s. Its consumption increased gradually, but now its use is illegal and banned by many laws. In the past, this substance served a number of medical purposes, including an anesthesia and pain relief, so that opium was mainly distributed by doctors. Its use was the only hope of those people who were in severe pain.
If you’re interested in the history of other drugs, you should know that cocaine was widely used by doctors too to help their patients get rid of depression or physical pain. This substance was so accepted and widespread so that it was included in many elixirs for sore throats. You will be surprised to learn that the original formula of Coca-Cola also contained it. Nowadays, there are many opium and other wars in America because of illegal drugs.
When taking a look at this century, it’s easy to recognize a number of inventions that helped people shape their society into its current form. Think about such important inventions as telephones, cars, trains, electricity, and others. You can see their major impacts in your everyday life because people are dependent on them.