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"Hashish, like all other solitary delights, makes the individual useless to mankind, and also makes society unnecessary to the individual." -Baudelaire in Les Paradis artificiels

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Hashish (from Arabic, lit. grass; also hash or many slang terms) is a preparation of cannabis. It contains the same active ingredients as cannabis (but in higher concentrations) and produces the same psychoactive effects

Hashish is solid, of varying hardness and pliability, softening under heat. Its colour can vary from reddish brown to black or it can be golden coloured or greenish if it contains surplus plant material. It is consumed in much the same way as Cannabis buds, often being smoked in joints mixed with tobacco.



Cannabis has been used for its psychoactive effects since ancient times.

France, 19th century

19th century subculture

During the French campaign in Egypt and Syria, the French army suffered from what was called 'cannabisme', i. e. too many soldiers being addicted to cannabis. On 7 vendémiaire an ix (9 octobre 1800), Napoleon ordered by decree the prohibition of 'haschisch'.

Art. I. L'usage de la liqueur forte faite par quelques musulmans avec une certaine herbe forte, nommée haschisch, ainsi que celui de fumer la graine de chanvre, sont prohibés dans toute l'Egypte : ceux qui sont accoutumés à boire cette liqueur et à fumer cette graine perdent la raison et tombent dans un violent délire qui souvent les porte à commettre des excès de tout genre.

After the Egyptian campaign was over, cannabis was introduced more widely in France.

In the 1840s, the Club des Hashischins was founded. It was an informal club in Paris, dedicated to exploring the effect of drugs, specifically hashish. Charles Baudelaire, a member of the club would in his Les paradis artificiels (1860) describe the effects of opium and hashish.

United States, 20th century

1920s and 1930s subcultures

Hash first became well known in the United States during the jazz music scene of the late 1920s and 1930s. Louis Armstrong became a prominent and life-long devotee. It was popular in the blues scene as well, and eventually became a prominent part of 1960s counterculture.

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