ancient drugs and narcotics

Ancient Drugs and Narcotics Crossword






The ancient world was full of drug use and narcotics and today this hasn’t really changed. However, the drugs back then were different from our modern-day supply. Every drug came from the surrounding environment and most of them packed a heavy hit. Test your knowledge of drug use way back in the day; learn all about ancient drugs and narcotics in this week’s crossword puzzle.


1. The BLANK clay tablet about 2100 BC is considered to be the world's oldest recorded list of medical prescriptions.
2. BLANK honey is made with rhododendron pollen.
3. BLANK is the world's oldest narcotic.
4. BLANK is a fungus that is common in rye. It causes delirium, and hallucinations and is often fatal.
5. At higher doses, the blue BLANK flower can cause euphoria and hallucinations.
6. A BLANK is a species of sea bream known to cause hallucinations. Eating them was very popular in ancient Rome.
7. Marcus Aurelias was a known opium BLANK. He used it as a sleep aid and to ease pain from his military campaigns.
8. In Roman times, opium was prepared as tea and commonly called ‘BLANK wine’.
9. Henbane is a plant from the nightshade family and was commonly known as the 'witches BLANK'.
10. In the Ebers Papyrus 1500 BC, BLANK is described as a sleep aid and pain reliever. Starts with 'H'.

Blue Lotus Flower a sacred ancient drug

The blue lotus flower has psychoactive properties and is known to produce a relaxing effect. In higher doses, it can cause euphoria and hallucinations. Usually, its petals are made into tea but it can also be smoked. Back in ancient Egypt, the blue lotus flower was considered to be sacred and is commonly depicted in many hieroglyphics. 

blue lotus flower a sacred ancient drug

Henbane

Known as the ‘witches plant’, henbane is from the nightshade family and is poisonous in large doses. In ancient times, it was commonly used for medicinal and spiritual purposes. In the Ebers Papyrus (1500 BC), henbane is described as a sleep aid and pain reliever.

Ergot a fatal ancient drug

Ergot is a fungus that is common in rye. It causes delirium, and hallucinations and is often fatal. Because it was so dangerous, Ergot was rarely taken voluntarily.

ergot a fatal ancient drug

Mad Honey

Mad honey is made with rhododendron pollen. It contains a neurotoxin that causes lightheadedness, euphoria, and hallucinations. It is most commonly produced in Nepal and Turkey and was a favorite in ancient Anatolia

Opium

Thanks to ancient records and surviving art, we know that opium is the oldest narcotic still in modern-day use. Its use and abuse have been recorded throughout history. 

  • Marcus Aurelias was a known opium addict. He used it as a sleep aid and to ease pain from his military campaigns. In Roman times, it was prepared as tea and commonly called ‘cretic wine’.
  • The Sumerian clay tablet (about 2100 BC) is considered to be the world’s oldest recorded list of medical prescriptions; some scholars believe that opium is mentioned on the tablet.
opium

Dreamfish

A dreamfish is a species of sea bream known to cause hallucinations. Eating them was very popular in ancient Rome. Normally found in the Mediterranean and along the coast of Western Africa but occasionally, dreamfish swim in British waters. 

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Footnote(s)

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/ancient-drug-use-history-how-what-for-opium-hemp/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17152761/https://academic.oup.com/milmed/advance-article/doi/10.1093/milmed/usab328/6338457https://historyofyesterday.com/recreational-drugs-of-mighty-romans-ee9857fa73f3https://www.europeana.eu/en/exhibitions/magical-mystical-and-medicinal/henbane