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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1883-1921: Hash visions explained and more

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Every now and then on our searches for Cannabis Time Capsule artifacts, we find news briefs too short to post about on their own.

But they are too good to go unread, so we've compiled a handful of our favorites below.

Read on to find out the explanation for psychedelic hash visions, the daily routine of the shah of Persia, and why libraries and books will be the joyous death of us all.

Let's begin by taking a look at "Brain-Light and Dreams."

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Last month, we brought you the 1904 story of an unnamed writer's psychedelic hashish visions, which he could conjure up on the back of his eyelids. Trippy, we know, but also explainable. Peep this item from six years earlier, in the February 4, 1899 edition of the Aspen Daily Times.

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The Hasheesh Eater was a very popular book, originally published in 1857. In it, Fitz Hugh Ludlow describes just how tore-up he got after eating a sizable amount of cannabis concentrates. Uncharacteristic of the time, Ludlow actually praises cannabis and cannabis users as people seeking a "broader being, deeper insight, grander views of Beauty, Truth and Good than she now gains through the chinks of her cell."

Ludlow's book is credited with popularizing cannabis use to the point that hash parlors started popping up in the UK and America around the time this 1912 brief was published in Telluride.

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Apparently more than half of the patients in lunatic asylums in what is now Bangladesh and West Bengal were just perma-stoned. Of course, the writer also calls marijuana "poison," so you can imagine how accurate the rest of the blurb really is.

Continue for more from the Cannabis Time Capsule between 1883 and 1921.



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