Welcome to the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Hypertext Library, concentrating primarily
on the life and works of Fitz Hugh Ludlow and
on pre-prohibition (pre-1937) cannabis use in the United States, with a few
other related topics thrown in for good measure.
Among the hypertext documents you can browse through at this library
- A Biography of Fitz Hugh
Ludlow by Dave Gross.
- The Apocalypse of
Hasheesh -- An essay published anonymously by Fitz Hugh Ludlow
that formed the basis for his later book.
- The Hasheesh Eater --
the book by Ludlow, first published in 1857.
- What Shall They Do to Be
Saved? -- An article by Ludlow describing the post-Civil War
opiate addiction crisis in the United States.
- Outline of the Opium
Cure -- Ludlow's plan for a clinic to treat opiate addicts.
- Excerpts from "John
Heathburn's Title" -- Ludlow's short story about a man addicted to
alcohol and opiates and his cure (thanks to substitution therapy
- Selected poems of Fitz
Hugh Ludlow, annotated with reference to original manuscripts and
alternate published versions.
- Excerpts from letters
exchanged by the family of Fitz Hugh Ludlow.
Pluribus Unum" -- Ludlow's discussion of the quest to unify
the known physical forces in pre-relativistic physics (1866).
on Cannabis: A modern look at a nineteenth century drug experience
by Oriana Josseau Kalant, from The International Journal of the
Addictions, June 1971.
- A Minor
DeQuincey by Louis J. Bragman. A short article about Ludlow's
opiate-related writings from the Medical Journal and Record of
- A brief biography of
Fitz Hugh Ludlow from Appleton's Cyclopædia of American
- "The Phial of Dread: By An Analytic Chemist" by Fitz Hugh Ludlow, a short story published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine in November of 1859. (From Dionysious Doultsinos' site)
- "The Taxidermist" by Fitz Hugh Ludlow, a short story published in The Knickerbocker Magazine in January of 1861. (From Dionysious Doultsinos' site)
- "Ode to Old Union" -- Union College's alma mater, written by Fitz Hugh
Ludlow, and available as an ".au" file from Union College at
- hashfort.tar -- a tarred-up archive containing
quotes from Ludlow and others in a format that can be used by the
UNIX "fortune" program.
has put out a set of audio tapes, called "Victorian Tales of Cannabis" that
includes excerpts from The
Arabian Nights and from the writings of
Fitz Hugh Ludlow, and
Louisa May Alcott as read by
and Katherine Harrison McKenna.
from "An Essay on Hasheesh" by Victor Robinson, from the
Medical Review of Reviews (1912).
the Haschisch or Cannabis Indica" by John Bell, M.D. From The
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal April 1857.
Hasheesh Eater" -- an article published anonymously in Putnam's
Magazine in September of 1856.
Club des Haschischins as described by
A New Artificial Paradise" by Havelock Ellis -- an early report
of peyote use, from The Contemporary Review, January 1898.
- The Legal History of the Non-Medical Use
of Drugs in the United States by Charles Whitebread. A speech
given to the California Judges Association at their 1995 annual
- The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge: An Inquiry into the Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition by Charles H. Whitebread and Richard J. Bonnie. From the Virginia Law Review, October 1970.
- On the Preparations of the Indian Hemp,
or Gunjah" (1839) by W.B.
- On Indications of the Hachish-Vice
in the Old Testament" by C. Creighton, M.D. (1903).
- "The Vision of Hasheesh" -- first
published in 1854, a chapter from Bayard
Taylor's book The Lands of the Saracen.
- "Perilous Play" -- a short story
published in 1869 and written by Louisa
- "An Overdose of Hasheesh" written in
1884 by Mary C. Hungerford.
- Hashish stories from The Arabian
- The book Confessions of an
Opium-Eater by Thomas DeQuincey.
- A transcript of the World War II United States propaganda film
"Hemp For Victory"
- The poem "The Haschish" (c. 1853) by
John Greenleaf Whittier.
- An illustration, "Hashish Smokers"
- "The Herb Dangerous" -- a series of
essays published in Aleister
Crowley's journal The Equinox.
- "A Hashish-House in New York," an
interesting piece of journalism (1888) by H.H. Kane.
- A collection of New York Times articles
dating from 1929 to 1937 concerning cannabis.
- The "Indian Hemp" chapter from James F. Johnston's
Chemistry of Common Life (1855).
- The "Cannabis Indica" section from Dr. Robley Dunglison's
New Remedies: Pharmaceutically and
Therapeutically Considered (1843).
- The "Cannabis sativa" section from The
Dispensatory of the United States of America (1843).
- A catalog description from 1858 of the cannabis medicine known as
- The entry on hemp from the 1856 edition
of the Encyclopædia Britannica.
- The entry on hemp from the 1911 edition
of the Encyclopædia Britannica.
- The cannabis extract section of the
Parke, Davis & Co. Catalog
- Excerpts on cannabis from the British
Pharmaceutical Codex of 1934.
- Assassin of Youth! Marihuana: Feeding the God Moloch -- A jpeg image.
- Reefer Club: A daring novel of reefer smoke, reckless thrills, and the wild love of boys and girls of the city streets -- the story your children won't dare tell you! -- A jpeg image.
- Holiday of Horrors -- a vintage drugsploitation comic book.
- Marihuana: A cheap and evil girl sets a hopped-up killer against a city -- A jpeg image.
- Another site has catalogued many documents relating to
Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 which ushered in federal cannabis
prohibition in the United States.
- That site also has some interesting
information on drugs, especially opium use in the United States
in the 19th century.
- The Mythical Roots of U.S. Drug Policy: Soldier's Disease and Addicts in the Civil War by Jerry Mandel.
- Hemp Around Their Necks: a chapter from prohibitionist Harry Anslinger's book "The Murderers: The Story of the Narcotic Gangs."
- Abstract from a Treatise on Hemp (1766), from the High Times archives.
- Science and Invention: Our Home Hasheesh Crop, 3 April 1926 Literary Digest, from the High Times archives.
- The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu took advantage of the mysterious drug hashish to further his nefarious ends.
- Information about this tape can be found
For additional information on cannabis, check out the
Sputnik Cannabis Page or the
Sputnik THC Page.
The Sputnik Drug Information Zone