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1592: Venician botanist decribes hashish intoxication in Egypt

Prospero Alpini (November 23, 1553 - February 6, 1617), was a Venetian botanist and physician, who travelled to Egypt in the 16th Century in order to learn about exotic plants. In his medical work, De medicina Aegyptorium, Alpini describes the intoxicating effects of hashish: 
"For an hour afterwards, those who have taken it, display there madness, and remain for a long time in a state of ecstasy, revel in their delightful dreams. This drug is a favorite for the common people because it is bought at a reasonable price."
Also in this work, Alpini makes himself the first European to mention coffee in writing, as well as introducing the west to the banana and the baobab tree.

1600 -1700: The Golden Age of Dutch hemp

Holland’s Golden Age was also the golden age of Dutch hemp. The Golden Age was the period roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. After the dutch liberated themselves from their Spanish authority, the country developed into an international superpower.

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