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KEY FEATURES: Two opening chapters introduce readers to the theories and perspectives used by social scientists to study drugs and alcohol, and to the larger trends in legal and illegal use of controlled substances. Six chapters on alcohol provide comprehensive coverage of the most widely used and abused drug in America. Lively discussions of alcohol and drugs in American popular culture brings the topic to life and relatable. Two appendices contain case histories from the authors' field research of individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders.

History of Drug Use in America and Attempts to Control It
Chapter 9 History of drug use in America and attempts to control it
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk
Origin of Hashish and the Persian Assassins

Hashish is made from the resin of the cannabis plant. This has been used for thousands of years as indicated by archeological discoveries as ancient as 9000 BCE (Samorini 1992). By 900 CE it had spread throughout Arabia, where it was consumed by eating it. Somewhat earlier, in 874 CE, an Iraqi peasant, Hamdan ibn Ashrat, popularly known as Quarmat, became the leader of the Ismaeli sect of Islam. The sect engaged in a bloody list of conquests by killing indiscriminately. This inspired the Ismaelis of Alamut or Eagles Nest ...

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