Cannabis Time Capsule, 1884: Woman describes terrifying first experience

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This 1884 cannabis-related news nugget is the oldest we've managed to dig up from the mines of Colorado's past so far. Though it was clearly syndicated from another source, the piece, "A TERRIBLE OPIATE," ran pretty prominently in the Leadville Daily Herald in March of that year, running across one and a half columns. In it, a woman describes her "overdose" on marijuana in a wonderfully flowery, ornate and religiously slanted description. Basically: she tripped her face off after smoking some "Indian hemp."

While we're pretty sure most of this is a crock of shit, we are starting to wonder if maybe marijuana was actually way better back in the day. That, or someone slipped this gal something much, much stronger than some THC.

The author says at one point she felt like she died, but somehow knew that she would come back to life. Far out, man. At that point, her soul (or whatever) seemed to drop "like glass through the ocean" through the bed, floor, cellar, earth and then out the other side, dropping into the atmosphere. "I discovered that I was transparent and deprived of all power of volition, as well as bereft of the faculties belonging to humanity," she wrote.

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And then -- like we've all done after a joint at some point in our lives -- she began to ponder God. Specifically, she started wondering why God would let her get so whacked out on the weed. She struggled for a prayer that she thought would save her, but she couldn't remember it -- which really harshed her mellow. "I strove in my dumb agony to cry to him. There was, it seemed to me, a forgotten text which, if remembered, would be the spell to stop my fatal failing and secure my salvation."

But behold, true believers: The one cure for this demon weed is clearly piousness. Or, at least, we think that's what she was getting at. After falling deeper into a black, chasm-like maelstrom, she heard a voice repeat the prayer she couldn't remember, and all of a sudden, she was saved. "I triumphed over sin and hell and the unutterable horrors of the second death."

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In other words, she started to come down. But not without what seems to be some good Catholic guilt thrown in. A voice started chastising her for "forsaking truth for a false prophecy." As a result, she "dented the power of Christ."

WTF? Clearly, this woman was dealing with some inner spiritual issues at the time.

All of that was overshadowed when The Noise started. It was like a cannon blasting off every few seconds -- louder than anything she'd ever heard before. It shook her, scared her, and seemingly wouldn't let up until -- hours later -- it softened and she realized it was her own heartbeat.

Here's the kicker: All of this happened in her mind, man! According to friends she was with, she didn't move from her spot on the bed for five hours.

If anyone has marijuana this powerful, please share with us.

In reality, this was probably a bunch of bullshit and just another way to push the religious beliefs of the publisher -- especially considering it was originally published in Popular Science magazine. More anti-cannabis propaganda that only got worse -- but more hilarious -- more than a century later.

More from our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archive: "Cannabis Time Capsule, 1921: Marijuana use worse than opium addiction" and "Cannabis Time Capsule, 1904: Mexican duo terrorize after smoking a joint."

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19 comments
zipto44
zipto44

Totally true, man. I some stuff like that in Hawaii in 74.

A 19th century christian doing it for the first time, with no frame of refrence,

it's no surprise she saw God.

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

This chick needs to handle her sh**

stuka1
stuka1

"...OPIATE"

^ Your first clue that this is idiotic Reefer Madness propaganda.

Davis Bailey
Davis Bailey

And to give you an idea of culture back then: “The cocaine business has indeed brought me much honor, but the lion’s share to others.” -Sigmund Freud, 1884 Not to mention most American housewives common use of laudanum...

Maat Human
Maat Human

drugs only amplify your mind.. you feel like tricks are being played on you because they are.. you are a victim of reality.. the thoughts that enter your head are amplified by drugs and so really this woman was doing these things to herself.. what she didnt realize is that she does it to herself all the time.. the drugs just showed her what shes doing all the time.. and what without drugs she is able to slip under her own radar.. the drugs dont let you slip it under the radar.. the drugs make all of your thoughts frightfully obvious..

stuka1
stuka1

Um wouldn't it make sense to make the actual text of the woman's story available....? Is it here and I somehow missed it...?

garcia.jerome
garcia.jerome

There used to be an incredible cut of AK-47 up in that there town. She was a heavy producer of heady flowers. whut up B

Monkey
Monkey

The "Leadville Daily Herald ". I wonder if the Leadville paper of today has mentioned the explosive cultivation it's seen in the past 5 years, not that they have been lacking in that department for 50 years. I've got a Leadville OG that's by far better than any other OG I've ever smoked.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

The above was based on an actual story, in which an off-duty cop baked pot into brownies for the first time ever, and he his wife had overdosed and were going to die, so he decided to call 911.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zipto44  "I [sic] some stuff like that in Hawaii in 74"

And still stoned from it, eh?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 

 "...Like Alcohol"

The first clue that stupid self-destructive stoners are destined to FAIL!


zipto44
zipto44

One typo and I'm dead meat. Jeez.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = fucking pig-ignorant moron.

That's only a small portion of the article. 

hth you moronic punk-ass bitch

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1= typical ignorant slacker-stoner. Too stupid to read, much less comprehend the information, too dog-lazy to do his own research, blames others for his own FAILURES.

Keep losing, loser, it's what you do best.

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