17 December 2011
The Stoned Ages
Drugs have played a role in our lives since well before recorded human history.
History Channel’s ‘The Stoned Ages’ explores the history of drugs from the early cave dwellers who first stumbled upon psychedelic mushrooms to the over 6000-year-old tradition of opium cultivation in the East to a modern pharmaceutical industry with over 24,000 drugs on the market.
The Stoned Ages explores the reasons weve used drugs through the ages to heal our bodies and minds, to connect with a higher power, to feel better, for recreation, to escape, for performance enhancement, and even to prolong our lives while considering the devastating consequences that accompany the choice to use certain drugs. This fascinating, fresh, and insightful documentary will ask the question: overall, have drugs done more to help us or hurt us?
Hosted by Dean Norris, The Stoned Ages will journey through the millennia and look in on the greatest civilizations in human history to discover if drugs helped these societies flourish or fail and whether drug use was holy or hedonistic, a savior or a curse.
How can drugs that are worshipped in one society be morally reprehensible and often illegal in another?
What causes some good drugs to go bad?
The Stoned Ages interviews the writers, historians, doctors, pharmaceutical reps, religious leaders, policy makers, FDA scientists, DEA representatives, and drug addicts who shape the often conflicting roles that drugs play in our lives today.
Drugs can kill and enslave, heal and provide hope, and alter our consciousness in deeply profound ways. The Stoned Ages will tell the story of how drugs have helped us become who we are.