The seeds of the Hashish Eaters Club were planted in 1798 when Napoléon Bonaparte—a general at the time—took the French army to Egypt and attempted to disrupt British trade with India. Egyptians preferred hash to alcohol, and the French soldiers wanted to know why. Napoléon banned soldiers from consuming hash in 1800, but like most prohibition, it only served to spur more use. Ironically, the general brought three French scientists to study Egyptian culture, and they also indulged in hash. Many of the French soldiers developed an affinity for hash, and when the colonization attempt failed, interest in hash came back to France with the soldiers. In the decades that followed, both hash and opium became fashionable indulgences in intellectual circles. Despite the Club’s fame (or infamy), widespread cannabis and opium use did not occur in France until the 1960s when a new set of soldiers brought it back from French Indochina, later renamed Vietnam.