You may think that hashish is one of the milder hallucinogens, but not when eaten in the quantities that Fitz Hugh Ludlow consumed! But then, Fitzhugh was no ordinary mortal, having written well before Einstein a little throw-away article Written in , this is the granddaddy and discounting "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" probably best written book about the hallucinogenic experience. But then, Fitzhugh was no ordinary mortal, having written well before Einstein a little throw-away article on the relationship of matter to energy, as well as other scholarly works and short stories, and having been a medical student as well as passing the bar to be a lawyer. This book contains more trips than autobiography, but his evaluation of the effects they had on him changes as the book goes on. At first, he feels isolated, and afraid of being found out: Ha! What means this sudden thrill?
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The Hasheesh Eater: being passages from the life of a Pythagorean is an autobiographical book by the American novelist and journalist Fitz Hugh Ludlow in which he describes his altered states of consciousness and philosophical flights of fancy while using a cannabis extract.
Many pages are given over to detailed and elaborate descriptions of the visions he underwent after ingesting the drug. He also curiously talks of the perils of severe addiction although such a thing is not normally associated with cannabis use some put this down to an overactive wish to align himself with his hero Thomas De Quincey and his experience with opium.
The book was very popular on its publication in and led to great interest in the drug it described. Not long after its publication, the Gunjah Wallah Co. Inspires all classes with new life and energy. A complete mental and physical invigorator. Cult figure Terence McKenna would describe Ludlow as beginning "a tradition of pharmo-picaresque literature that would find later practitioners in William Burroughs and Hunter S.
Barnum, a kind of Mark Twain on hashish. There is a wonderful charm to his free-spirited, pseudoscientific openness as he makes his way into the shifting dunescapes of the world of hashish.
The hasheesh eater : being passages from the life of a Pythagorean
In , another publishing house put a reprint of the original edition — and the last complete edition until As of [update] , two editions are in print, including an annotated version first published in Literary significance[ edit ] Ludlow said, "The entire truth of Nature cannot be copied," so "the artist must select between the major and minor facts of the outer world; that, before he executes, he must pronounce whether he will embody the essential effect, that which steals on the soul and possesses it without painful analysis, or the separate details which belong to the geometrician and destroy the effect. Not long after its publication, the Gunjah Wallah Co. Inspires all classes with new life and energy. A complete mental and physical invigorator. And there was already controversy about the legality and morality of cannabis intoxication.
The Hasheesh Eater: Being Passages from the Life of a Pythagorean