Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N word. No, Not that one.

Let's take a moment to learn a new N word today.

Nepenthe.

It's a drug/drink from the way back olden days that a body used when suffering sadness or grief and happy dreams were needed.  Heh... "happy dreams".

It is an old name for anti-depressants, frankly.  And right now I'm not sure which one is easier to say.  Nepenthe?  Anti-depressants?  Can't we just say "vitamin grins"?  no, that sounds like pot...

But there it is.  Even our ancestors, those crafty bastards, knew that sometimes being artificially elevated could be a medically necessary thing.  Sure, loads of them were stoners.  But then again, who's to say that even they weren't just very clumsy with the self-medication?  Addiction, it would seem, is as old a friend to humanity as sadness and the need to defeat it.

So there we are.  Nepenthe.

A drug that made ya happy.

Better living through chemistry.  Huzzah!

2 comments:

Rainbow Hues said...

Interesting piece of trivia. Thanks

Arlee Bird said...

There you go. Mind altering drugs were here before there were minds.

Never know about that drug.

Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out