The Historic Mixup That Made People Fear Hashish

A lecture in Paris 200 years ago, based on false premises, fueled a bitter war against hashish – whose impact is still felt today

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“The Hashish Smokers,” by Gaetano Previati (1887).
“The Hashish Smokers,” by Gaetano Previati (1887).
Elon Gilad
Elon Gilad
A postcard titled "Egyptian Type e Scenes. - Hashishe Smokers" From the collection of Dr. Paula Sanders, Rice University.
An Indian man smokes hashish. Credit: Express / Archive Photos / Getty



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