The Hashish Eaters Club

By David Jenison

In the turbulent 1840s, several French aristocratic intellectuals rebelled against the bourgeois moral code and formed Club Des Hashischins, or the Hashish Eaters Club. Members included authors, painters, poets, writers, medical researchers and other brilliant minds who met once a month at Hôtel Pimodan on Île Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris, France. The participants, who often wore costumes, started by eating a North African hashish edible and proceeded to engage in music, feasting, socializing and enlightened discussion. The Hashish Eaters Club, which met from 1844 to 1849, ultimately helped inspire important artistic works, cannabis-related studies and the Decadent Movement writers in England.

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