Around the world, people of almost all ages seek the altered mental state drugs can cause in the brain. In the United States, there are certainly more popular types, but it is also interesting to look at some of the most popular drugs worldwide. In the poorer regions, expensive drugs are well out of reach of people who can barely afford to eat. Yet, somehow, even these people can find a way to get high. For only the equivalent of an American dime, youngsters in Morocco can buy bicycle inner tube repair glue. Young people take this glue or other solvents like nail varnish, aerosols, petrol, and gas lighter fuel, and place it in a plastic bag. Some of them will sniff from the open hole of the bag, while others actually put the bag over their heads, a practice that often leads to suffocation death when they pass out.
Psychedelic mushrooms are another popular drug worldwide. There are over 180 species of mushrooms with hallucinogenic properties. They are currently one of the most widely used and available hallucinogens.
Opium has been around for centuries of use. The seeds of the Poppy plant are harmless and are used in foods to add a pleasant nutty flavor, but the sap is a highly addictive pain-reliever that people alter to create different opiate drugs.
LSD is a drug with a colorful history in the United States. First developed in Swiss chemical lab as a hopeful cure for the common cold, it has spread throughout the world and is still sought after today. Users seek the powerful hallucinogenic effects unique to LSD.
Finally, cocaine is perhaps one of the most widely abused drugs in the world. Manufactured heavily in various areas, and transported around the world, it is derived from the Coca plant. From Peru to the English of the Victorian area, it has been used widely for its stimulating, appetite suppressing, and anesthetic effects.
Throughout the years, many new drugs have been introduced while others have faded away. The sad truth is, as long as there are people unhappy with their current state, there will be many who seek to alter that mental state in an artificial way. Worldwide, drug abuse remains an epidemic with no potential for cure in sight.