4 Plants That are Great for Humans

Many substances people commonly use today come from plants, such as caffeine, nicotine, and morphine. A video highlights four plants that scientists use for medicine. It explains the way people discover, research, and use them, then goes on to cover the expense and side effects of each of the plants. Lastly, it briefly mentions the concerns people have with so many plant species going extinct before understanding their potential uses.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss why we try making synthetic substances rather than just growing more natural plants and extracting substances
  • Connect this to even more common medicines from plants like aspirin and codeine
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • Provides a large list of source credits for those that would like to go more in-depth
  • Displays the structure of each chemical
Cons

  • None