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3 Ancient Plants that Changed the Course of History

Learn why three ancient plants—hemp, eucalyptus and the opium poppy—are some of the most influential plants known to mankind.

Cannabis, hemp, or marijuana: call it what you will, this plant has a bad name. Today it is ranked one of the world's most widely consumed recreational drugs, but it was once an important crop.
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The eucalypts are among the tallest broadleaved trees in the world, and the mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) of south Victoria and Tasmania is the tallest of them all.
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The opium poppy has proved to be both a blessing and a curse on history. Its healing balm, morphine, has been recognized for its use in easing extreme pain since Neolithic times, while its derivative, heroin, has had nightmare consequences in the West.
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“Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History” is a guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization.
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