Despite the fact that Hollywood often portrays drug users as burnouts, criminals, or otherwise indigent, there are actually a lot of drugs that changed history. Ever since the first caveman plucked a weird-looking plant from the ground, thought, "Hmm, this looks tasty!," and sent himself on a long, strange trip, humans have been fascinated by drugs. Evidence of drugs in history can be found in many early cultures. These ancient societies took drugs to see the future, to commune with the Earth, and to get closer to their versions of god.Nowadays, our relationship with drugs has changed quite a bit. Yes, like your D.A.R.E. counselor taught you, drugs can be bad. But the past also shows us that drugs can actually change the trajectory of history. Plus, without drugs, we wouldn’t have Breaking Bad, right? This list explains how drugs changed history, and, in turn, how drugs changed the world.
Early in European history, the Vikings came a-conquering and brought with them advancements in technology, trade, and building. Despite the less than ideal raping and pillaging part, Viking influence in the region can still be felt today. Some historians believe that the most badass of the Vikings, the Viking Berserkers, used a secret weapon to guarantee a fury so fierce that no mere mortal could overtake them.That secret weapon was the Amanita muscaria mushroom, a red and white fungi that resembles the power-up mushroom from Super Mario Brothers. Its hallucinogenic effects fit the description of the Berserkers's behavior found in the literature of the time. Coincidentally, this is also what happens to Mario - he imagines himself to be bigger and stronger, promptly proceeding to kill everything in sight.