High History / Part XIII / Louisa May Alcott

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You more than likely know Louisa May Alcott, the author. But what you may not know is her experience with Hashish!

I am not saying that using Marijuana will definitely make you a success in life, like Louisa's success, although it would be less preposterous than the oft-repeated claims that it will lead to certain failure.

If you're a extremely actuated, talented, and untiring individual, Marijuana won’t suddenly bring you the triumph. Likewise, using the herb won’t immediately transform a no-hoper into a champion!

Louisa May Alcott's Promotion of Cannabis

Louisa May Alcott (1832- 1888) was an American short story writer and poet best known as the Author Of The Novel Little Women.

She wrote some very interesting short pieces about #Hashish, that indicate she may have partaken at some point, and not found the experience at all distasteful.

A story called; Perilous Play involves two would-be lovers getting high, getting lost in a boat, and inexplicably ending up engaged.


In her story, she describes them as that Indian Stuff which brings Fantastic Visions!

"Oh, yes; it’s that Indian stuff which brings one fantastic visions, isn’t it? I’ve always wanted to see and taste it, and now I will,"


Louisa's tale Perilous Play (1869)

In 1869, Alcott published Perilous Play, a short story in which a southern belle and her friends experiment with Cannabis, wherein a group of young socialites enjoys Hashish bon-bons. The results are unexpected…

  • She confesses that she tries the Hashish because:
    "I hoped it would make me soft and lovable, like other women. I'm tired of being a lonely statue."

  • It ends with her love interest declaring:
    "Heaven bless hashish if its dreams end like this!"

  • Louisa's description of the effects of Hashish in Perilous Play, certainly suggests either an incomparable imagination or a Familiarity with Cannabis!


References & Photos / Very Important Potheads / Perilous Play /

Before Prohibition, when #Cannabis plants grew freely, many of Notable People throughout #History, created necessary contributions to the event of common Cannabis Usage, throughout the ages, from ancient civilizations, to queens, to presidents, to emperors. So, if missed out one celebrity of High History Series,
feel free to check :

Ramesses The Great / William Shakespeare / James Monroe / Queen Victoria / Marijuana Inside The Tomb / Hua Tuo / William Brooke O'Shaughnessy / Herodotus, Democritus & Dioscorides / Ottoman Empire / Cannabis Club / Henry VIII & Elizabeth I / St.Hildegard Von Bingen /

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