Drugs: Late 1960s and early 1970s anti-Vietnam war protests, social and political background notes

by James K. Sayre

Traditional establishment drugs of choice included coffee and tea (caffeine), tobacco (nicotine) and beer, wine and hard liquor (alcohol). The new counterculture hippie movement began (or continued the Beats use of) marijuana (from the sticky resin formed on the female flower buds of Cannabis sativa or hemp plant. Psychedelic drugs were also tried by some including mescaline, psilocybin and LSD. : Background sketch



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