While plenty of people around the world eat snails, the creatures are often seen as a little disgusting by those who don’t include them as part of their culture’s cuisine. Spare a thought then for anyone in the 1700s who was afflicted with a bad cough as one of the main treatments was to drink a syrup made up of their innards.
For just 15 cents, parents could get their hands on Cocaine toothache drops. These types of product often promised instant pain relief and were usually given to children to help ease their suffering. The only problem was that no one understood the health problems and addiction risks that came with drugs such as cocaine.