The Hashish Eaters Club
According to Wikipedia, “The Hashish Eaters club was active from about 1844 to 1849 and counted the literary and intellectual elite of Paris among its members, including Dr. Jacques-Joseph Moreau, Théophile Gautier, Charles Baudelaire, Gérard de Nerval, Eugène Delacroix and Alexandre Dumas. Monthly “séances” were held at the Hôtel de Lauzun (at that time Hôtel Pimodan) on the Île Saint-Louis.During this period Jacques-Joseph Moreau, who specialized in the sociological concept of social alienation, studied the effects of regularly consuming hashish. Moreau studied this product according to his travels between 1837 and 1840 in Egypt and Syria, and Asia Minor. Back in France, he continued to experiment on himself and published in 1845 a book entitled Hashish and mental alienation in which he establishes an equivalence between dream, hallucination and hashish delirium. This book is the first made by a scientist about a drug.”
Often the participants wore costumes and would start out by eating a North African edible hashish to partake in music, feasting, socializing, and then have enlightened discussions. The Hashish Eaters Club ultimately helped inspire important artistic works, cannabis-related studies, and the Decadent Movement writers in England.
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