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Tango0130 Jan 2021 10:40 p.m. PST

"Amphetamines, the quintessential drug of the modern industrial age, arrived relatively late in the history of mind-altering substancesócommercialized just in time for mass consumption during World War II. In fact, the introduction of what is now Japan's most popular illegal drug began as a result of the state promoting its use during the war.

With the possible exception of opium during the Opium Wars, no drug has ever received a bigger stimulus from armed conflict. "World War II probably gave the greatest impetus to date to legal, medically-authorized as well as illicit black market abuse of these pills on a worldwide scale," wrote Lester Grinspoon and Peter Hedblom in their classic 1975 study, The Speed Culture. Whether in the air or in the trenches, the war enabled the rapid proliferation of a synthetic stimulant that was particularly well-suited to sleepless work and intense concentration…"
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Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2021 11:14 a.m. PST

Well, that was interesting. Some follow up reading indicates that the ma huang plant (Ephemedra sinica), whose qualities the developers of meth were trying to duplicate, may have been the basis for ancient Indian soma, and might have been used in ancient Persia. Soma was taken by warriors before going into battle. Like I say, interesting.


Tango0131 Jan 2021 3:23 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed the reading my friend! (smile)


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