Originally posted by stellspalfie
does this mean the bible condones the use of all drugs derived from plants?
I would say the answer to your question is no, not all. There are references in the Bible to the black arts and sorcery (pharmakeia). Typically drugs (pharmakeia) were/are used to induce hallucinations, trances and visions. People who do such things are in some pretty interesting company, see Revelation 21:8. So I would say not all is codoned.
Haiti is a perfect example of where this is still practiced today, voodoo is rampant.
Conversely, the Bible speaks of oils, balms, etc. that have healing properties and used for medicinal purposes.
See 'Pharmakeia and the Bible' on Wikipedia, although I don't always lend too much credibility to Wiki, this does a fair job in the way of explaining the term.