Create a 6 page essay paper that discusses War On Drugs and Politics of Plants.
These plants were originally used by medicine men and healers as a means of treating diseases as well as a means of ensuring that their patients were kept sedated while they performed operations on them. This use of psychoactive plants can be said to have been a massive breakthrough in the art of ancient medicine because it ensured that individuals did not suffer as much pain as they would have if their wounds or painful illnesses had been left alone. In addition, because of the medicinal value of some of the psychoactive plants (Herer, 2006), in some cases, diseases were able to be treated and it is partly through the use of these plants that medicine as a profession came to develop into what it is today. Moreover, these plants were used in religious ceremonies where, because of their effect on the mind, individuals who participated in these ceremonies and partook of them came to experience religious ecstasy. The use of these plants in religious ceremonies ensured that some of them came to be associated with religious rites and it is mainly because of this that they came to be widely accepted in numerous societies. Therefore, these plants came to have a central place in a large number of human societies and it is because of the widespread use of these plants that societies in were built or destroyed.
The use of psychoactive plants such as opium among others is the reason why some states in the world were built while others came to be destroyed. The use of psychoactive plants was well known in the Roman Empire where it was not only used for religious rites by the oracles, but they were also used by the common people in abundance (Abel, 1980). One would speculate that because of the great extent of the Roman Empire, the people came to have access to a large number of psychoactive plants which were widely distributed throughout the state. It is possible that part of what is termed as the ‘decadence’ of the Roman Empire may have been partly because of the