Notes on the Use of Hashish

SHELDON CHOLST

This hashish, this drug, this chemical, this resin from female Cannabis sativa flowers, these leaves of marijuana, this poisoner of frustrating reality, this antidote for restlessness that is frustrated, this instant joy and relaxation, this chemical age-regression that allows us to be young and old at the same moment of time.Like being in two places at the same time when one crosses the international date line in the Pacific on the same day and experiences the unreal "way out" sensation of being in two places at the same time—it is just such an unreal feeling that comes up in the hashish smoker.This smoke like from Aladdin's lamp that contains the genie that brings all things to the wisher, this smoke when inhaled does the same as Aladdin's lamp and brings out the genius in the inhaler for he becomes fresh and comes fresh to thoughts and ideas and he joys with laughter at his childhood pleasure.And if he is with congenial friends he finds himself happy with them too. The drug hashish, the "fountain of youth," causes no harm—for what harm is there in being a child in the heart and in the mind —and those who do not have this capacity—those who are too square, too limited, too conformist, too brain-washed, not too bright, these people want the closed-in adult life—closed-in because of overpopulation and the consequent limitations on freedom.These people who either constitutionally or environmentally cannot or do not want this release into childhood life —they will not "turn on," they will not feel "high."

By and large, in general, those who wish to smoke already do, but there are some on the borderline who are too afraid they

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From Reside 1:1 ( 1965), 93-97. This issue of the periodical was published in Athens, Greece.

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  • Marijuana *
  • Marijuana *
  • Preface ix
  • Contents *
  • Introduction 1
  • I - The Question of Motivation 15
  • The Psychology of the Marijuana Smoker 16
  • Dependence on Cannabis 19
  • Marijuana Use and the Social Context 25
  • II - Physiological Effects of Marijuana 42
  • The Medical View 47
  • The Smoker's View 52
  • The Policeman's View 58
  • III - The Connection Between Marijuana and Heroin *
  • Living Death 65
  • The Missing Link 67
  • Marijuana Smoking as a Precursor of Opiate Addiction in the United States 69
  • Attitudes Toward Addiction 85
  • IV - The Dealer: Buying and Selling Marijuana 88
  • The Pusher 90
  • On Selling Marijuana 92
  • Green Grows the Grass on the Lower East Side 103
  • V - Marijuana in the Schools *
  • Marijuana and LSD on the Campus 112
  • The High School Drug Problem 121
  • Drug Use Among Affluent High School Youth 128
  • VI - The Question of Legalization *
  • Down with Prohibition 139
  • Notes on the Use of Hashish 141
  • Should We Legalize Pot ? 147
  • Nightmare Drugs 152
  • Marijuana and the American System 154
  • Marijuana and Legal Controls 155
  • VII - The Epistemology and Esthetics of Pot *
  • The Weed of Madness 175
  • Some Thoughts on Marijuana and the Artist 177
  • Bibliography *
  • Index 193
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