Smoking charas in India, 1870s

Smoking charas in India, 1870s

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Caption: Smoking charas. 19th-century artwork of the drug charas being smoked in India. Charas is a form of cannabis (Indian hemp). It is smoked to produce rapid, short-lived relaxation and euphoria. Here, the charas has been imported into northern India from East Turkestan. This gouache artwork (opaque watercolour) is by an artist from Amritsar (north-western India). It dates from circa 1870.

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