One of the common definitions of the term drug is that it is a chemical substance capable of affecting a human or animal body on a biological level. The documentaries and video materials compiled in this category are exploring the wide specter of the application of drugs. Due to the unique properties that some of these drugs have they have been used for various purposes.

A number of drugs found its application in fields such as medicine, spiritual and religious purposes. Others can be used even for self-improved or recreational purposes. Some of these drugs are extremely addictive or toxic and their consumption has been banned by the law.

There is number of ways in which drugs can be administered. The most common method of consumption is the oral intake of solid or liquid drug. Certain drugs can be injected in a form of a solution, often intramuscular or intravenous. Other methods of consumption include inhalation, insufflation and topical application.

Today, new drugs are constantly being discovered in the fields of medicine, biotechnology and pharmacology and the possibilities in the terms of application are practically endless. The global drug market, legal or illegal, is in a constant demand for existing and new products alike. That, in turn, raises countless moral, ethical and health and legal issues revolving around the manufacturing, distribution and consumption of drugs.

Find out how some of these drug related issues are being resolved across the globe. Follow the stories of people battling with their drug addictions. Discover the incredible story of the history of tobacco and the impact it had on the British economy. Observe the present day situation in the tobacco industry. Enter the world of professional athletes and see how, unlike most of them, some reach for the artificial substances in order to develop their muscles and boost their overall body performance.

The staggering fact is that most people today, during their lifespan, consume more than 14.000 different prescription medications including anti-depressants, antibiotics and cholesterol regulation tablets, painkillers, even pills to extend youth or sexual performance enhancers. The material we provided for you in this category is utterly educational and gives you an insight of the good and the bad side of drugs.

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Strain Hunters
Strain Hunters

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Strain Hunters is a sequence of docudramas intended at enlightening the common community about the mission for the protection of the cannabis herb in the method of exceptionally susceptible landraces beginning in the humblest parts of the world.The only determined of Strain Hunters is to recognize, discover and recover cannabis landraces that have not been examined, in order to provide experts and physicians the opportunity to further augment information of the cannabis shrub in the medical domain.Numerous formerly unfamiliar cannabinoid summaries are contained in cannabis landraces commencing from vicinities where there is no likelihood of technical investigation.Someday these shrubberies could be beneficial in creating enhanced treatments for the ill and the agonizing. We believe it is our responsibility to conserve as numerous cannabis landraces in our genomic databank, and by propagating them into additional researched pharmaceutical strains for the solitary reason of scientific exploration.Throughout the creation of the Strain Hunters documentaries no damage was done to any individual, creature, shrub, or the natural environment. Altogether carbon emissions produced by this venture have been counterbalance by depositing thousands of plant seeds.The Strain Hunters documentaries have the distinct and restricted reason of info to the common populace. Strain Hunters do not sanction or endorse prohibited actions of any type.

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Strain Hunters
Strain Hunters

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Strain Hunters is a sequence of docudramas intended at enlightening the common community about the mission for the protection of the cannabis herb in the method of exceptionally susceptible landraces beginning in the humblest parts of the world.The only determined of Strain Hunters is to recognize, discover and recover cannabis landraces that have not been examined, in order to provide experts and physicians the opportunity to further augment information of the cannabis shrub in the medical domain.Numerous formerly unfamiliar cannabinoid summaries are contained in cannabis landraces commencing from vicinities where there is no likelihood of technical investigation.Someday these shrubberies could be beneficial in creating enhanced treatments for the ill and the agonizing. We believe it is our responsibility to conserve as numerous cannabis landraces in our genomic databank, and by propagating them into additional researched pharmaceutical strains for the solitary reason of scientific exploration.Throughout the creation of the Strain Hunters documentaries no damage was done to any individual, creature, shrub, or the natural environment. Altogether carbon emissions produced by this venture have been counterbalance by depositing thousands of plant seeds.The Strain Hunters documentaries have the distinct and restricted reason of info to the common populace. Strain Hunters do not sanction or endorse prohibited actions of any type.

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Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened
Amy Winehouse: What Really Happened

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Amy Winehouse was a popular singer and songwriter, winner of 5 Grammy awards. She was successful with many musical styles like jazz, R&B and Jazz. Even though she was talented musician, she was just as well known for her health and drugs problems as her music. At July 23th 2011, aged 27, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment in London.Amy was most talented singers of this generation. She was the first ever British female singer to win 5 Grammies in one night. However, at the very top of her booming career, did Amy's way of living push her straight down a distressing path? In this documentary, Jacques Peretti looks on Amy's life inside; collection of broken hearts, divorcing of her parents, her love relationships...In addition, this documentary has some interviews with Amy's family members and friends. Jacques Peretti tries to explain how Amy absorbs every emotional feelings she had lived through and carry that bitterness into her music. Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse!...Some celebrities who have died drug-related deaths could have gotten help from a drug treatment center specialized in drug addiction intervention if they only sought it.

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Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis

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Clearing the Smoke, reveals how cannabis acts on the brain and in the body to treat nausea, pain, epilepsy and potentially even cancer.Extensive interviews with patients, doctors, researchers and skeptics detail the promises and the limitations of medicinal cannabis. Even though the video has an American perspective, marijuana use is illegal throughout many countries of the world for reasons that are not clear.This video is important because it mainly investigates the scientific basis underlying the medical benefits of marijuana use instead of focusing on the social, political and legal hysteria that have been attached to it.The paper mentioned in this video, Marihuana Reconsidered, was published in book form. The author, Dr Lester Grinspoon, is the world's leading authority on marijuana. In this book, Dr Grinspoon examines — and debunks — many of the common misconceptions about marijuana.

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Dope Sick Love
Dope Sick Love

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Dope Sick Love is a really outstanding documentary made for HBO about two pairs of heroin addicted lovers roaming the streets of New York City.But it is quite different from the conventional documentaries as there is no narration or interviews with the lovers, the camera just follows them around, completely detached, watching them score dope, shoot it, make up, hustle, and even impersonate cops to rob people!The people being followed don’t even seem aware that they’re being filmed! The footage is amazingly candid, highlighting tiny details that careless documentary filmmakers would leave out.This film shows the nitty-gritty of what it is like to be on the street and addicted to heroin. Some of the footage is truly horrifying; like watching one guy frantically searching for the fix he lost; and when he does find it, the guy literally dances in the street.The recurring nature of drug addiction becomes very apparent while watching this, as addicts are shown to go through enormous amount of trouble just to get one score.

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Afghan Heroin: The Lost War
Afghan Heroin: The Lost War

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Afghan Heroin: The Lost War is a documentary which investigates how the war on terror in Afghanistan has unleashed heroin into the mainstream.Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on Earth. Some 90 per cent of the drug is grown in Afghanistan and this hard hitting documentary investigates how the War on Terror has inadvertently unleashed a massive supply of the deadly drug.After the Western coalition troops started their hunt for terrorist Osama Bin Laden and his Taliban allies in late 2001, the country torn apart from decades of war once more became the world’s opium growing capital.Many impoverished farmers had no choice but to grow the opium poppy to feed their families.The documentary delve into the devastating effects of addiction that includes shocking scenes of a young Norwegian couple hustling, scoring and shooting up several times a day in order to appease the monster inside them.

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – Pill Poppers
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – Pill Poppers

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Over an average human’s lifetime they are most likely to be prescribed and take more than 14,000 pills. Anti-depressants, antibiotics, cholesterol lowering tablets, painkillers, even tablets to extend youth and improve sexual performance in bed. These drugs perform small miracles daily, but how much is really known about them? Drug discovery often owes as much to accidental discovery as to science, and that means much is learnt about how medicines work, or even what they do, as they’re taken. By investigating some of the most popular pills people pop, Horizon asks, how much can they be trusted to do what they are supposed to?

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Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy?
Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy?

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‘Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy?’ takes a scientific look towards the current ranking system of drugs.In a surprising outcome, alcohol, solvents and tobacco (all unclassified drugs) are rated more dangerous than ecstasy, 4-MTA and LSD (all class A drugs). If the current ABC system is retained, alcohol would be rated a class A drug and tobacco class B.The drug policies have remained unchanged over the last 40 years; this film highlights that it is now high time for a change in the current ABC System, which is arbitrary and unscientific in the context of the new research findings.The scientists involved, including members of the government’s top advisory committee on drug classification, have produced a thorough assessment of the social and individual harm caused by 20 of the UK’s most dangerous drugs and assert that this should form the basis of future ranking.

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Addicted to Pleasure: Tobacco
Addicted to Pleasure: Tobacco

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Actor Brian Cox brings another short documentary on addictions, now telling the story of tobacco. Going deep into the history of how smoking and the tobacco trade helped grow the British empire, then looking at how cigarette companies are constantly pushing to make their product the most addictive, this show tells it all.

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Waiting to Inhale
Waiting to Inhale

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‘Waiting to Inhale’ examines the heated debate over marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States. It sheds new light on this controversy and presents shocking new evidence that marijuana could hold a big stake in the future of medicine.Legislation to protect patients who use medical marijuana has been passed by 12 states. Yet opponents claim the medical argument is just a disguise for a different agenda – to legalize marijuana for recreation and profit.This film looks into details such as the claims that are being made and their stakes. Waiting to Inhale takes viewers inside the lives of patients who have been forever changed by illness—and parents who lost their children to addiction.It even attempts to evaluate whether there is any evidence to support the claim that marijuana can alleviate some of the devastating symptoms of AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis.It is striking from the social stand point that we deal with marijuana more harshly than alcohol despite the fact that alcohol causes more deaths and more injuries, making peoples’ judgment impaired more than marijuana.

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San  Francisco Meth Zombies
San Francisco Meth Zombies

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Since the 1960s' psychedelic revolution San Francisco has become an enormous drug abuse center. Homosexuals there are known as a regular meth users and since it's so addictive the community is growing larger and larger. However - once you're in it there's no way back.

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We Love Cigarettes
We Love Cigarettes

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Nicotine. It is one of the most widely consumed recreational drugs. Across all cultures people love their nicotine. In this one way our race of people stand united we love smoking, chewing or snorting nicotine. We love the buzz. This documentary by BBC’s Horizon takes a look at the nicotine culture across the globe and tries to explain why this deadly drug is so popular.

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The Beyond Within
The Beyond Within

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‘The Beyond Within’ shows how until recent times, a world known only to holy man, to saints, and perhaps to the insane, opened to the common man. And this had been made possible by the mystical drug, LSD.This drug challenges our very conception of reality and its’ turbulent history raises sharp questions about the dividing line between private experience and public policy.To some, it’s a doorway to a greater consciousness, while to others it is a dangerous and subversive poison.But no matter what it definitely makes a person experience one of the most momentous event of their lives.

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Sex, Drugs, and Democracy
Sex, Drugs, and Democracy

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“Sex”, Drugs, and Democracy is Jonathan Blanks award winning, indie rage movie, which grossed over $ 1 million in its art-house running.The Dutch game plan associated with a totally free modern society consists of a legitimatized sex activity marketplace, the open sale of ganja and marijuana, absolute equality for homosexuals, dispersion of uninfected syringes and methadone hydrochloride to junkies, and governing funded abortion, mercy killing and sex teaching for schoolchildren.Has this unconventional school of thought altered Netherlands from a domain of tulips, windmills and wooden shoes into a modern age Sodom and Gomorra, patently not? In Netherlands proportions of illegal drug use, dependence and ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME transmittance are completely low, and the Dutch people have the lowest proportions of abortion, teen pregnancy and imprisonment in the world.Filmed over the course of many calendars month passed in Nederland by author film director Jonathan Blank, the provocative docudrama has telltale consultations with everyone from government officials, police officer, clergy and scientists to cabaret proprietors, drug dealers and woman of the street and outrageous shots from hashish saloons, whorehouses, nights club, prisons house and rallies. The prominent soundtrack features music from American and Dutch indie bands.

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Science of Steroids
Science of Steroids

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Athletes take recourse to various drugs to increase the natural performance of their bodies. While majority of the athletes develop their muscle mass by using standard techniques like lifting weights or running. However, there exist a few athletes who take help of artificial substances. These substances promote the growth of muscles and the expression of male traits teenage boys experience at puberty.Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), commonly called steroids, are a derivate of the testosterone male hormone.Man’s body is designed in a way that it can adapt itself to the harshest of environments. This becomes possible when muscles increase their size over relatively-short periods of time. Working out depends on the same phenomenon. When we undertake an exercise small tears are created inside the muscle fibers. These tears get repaired by the immune system.When repairing takes place, our body also compensates for the damage, and adds more material to the muscles than that got ripped. If this process is undertaken repeatedly then the muscle mass visibly grows, to the point where it becomes noticeable. In case of constant recurrence exact muscular mass gets developed.Steroids promote this kind of growth but artificially. They travel via the blood stream to the cells. They hook up to small portions of the cells known as androgen receptors. From there they pick up the molecules and carry them inside muscle cells. At that point, DNA is combined and proteins of a specific kind are released. The use of steroids only leads to dire consequences.Steroids help in accelerating cell and muscle growth. Being an artificial process, the body is not always equipped to handle such massive and rapid changes. Therefore there are side effects in most cases.The film makes a point against the use of drugs to improve muscle mass. As per the claims made by the film, instead of picking up steroid spending some time in the gym each week would produce similar results.

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Ibogaine: Rite of Passage
Ibogaine: Rite of Passage

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‘Ibogaine: Rite of Passage’ is a 50 minute documentary that shows the different aspects of this special substance, that is derived from the root of an African plant that grows in Gabon, by means of personal experiences and explanations of ex-addicts, treatment providers and experts.This film includes the story of Cy, who had been using a mixture of heroine and amphetamine for about 11 years, but more his concern for his three children and his ambitions are compelling him to give up his addiction which is taking an emotional toll on him; and Moussavou, who had suffered from an illness for more than a year and hopes that eating the holy plant will be the starting point of a new phase in her life.This plant was originally used during initiations of the Bwiti culture, but in the sixties, the anti-addictive properties of this psychoactive substance were discovered by Howard Lotsof.Despite the results that show the efficacy of Ibogaine, the pharmaceutical companies and the government show no interest and stay skeptical. The decision about the use of Ibogaine in the treatment of addiction appears to be made on political and economical, rather than a rational basis.