What’s your poison? At the core of the word ‘intoxicant’ is toxic, which comes directly from the late Latin toxicus, meaning ‘poisoned’. And as the French physiologist Claude Bernard once wisely said: ‘Everything is poisonous, nothing is poisonous, it is all a matter of dose.’ Read our six-part story on intoxicants, the different forms they can take, and the blurry lines between safe and dangerous, legal and illegal.
Our love of alcohol is like a party that’s lasted nine centuries. But there are signs that the demon drink is losing its appeal.
Getting high in the name of religion or creativity has been practised for centuries. Now it seems hallucinogenics could help treat mental illnesses too.
The rapid, short-lived high we get from whippets, reefers and vapes can be accompanied by long-term health consequences. The search is on for safer ways to get stoned.
The invention of the modern hypodermic syringe meant we could get high – or accidentally die – faster than before. Find out how this medical breakthrough was adapted for deadly uses.