The human consumption of psychoactive drugs , such as marijuana , cocaine , and heroin, is of even more recent historical origin than the human consumption of alcohol or tobacco, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent people use more drugs more frequently than less intelligent individuals. The use of opium dates back to about 5,000 years ago, and the earliest reference to the pharmacological use of cannabis is in a book written in 2737 BC by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung. Opium and cannabis are the only “natural” (agricultural) psychoactive drugs. Other psychoactive drugs are “chemical” (pharmacological); they require modern chemistry to manufacture, and are therefore of much more recent origin. Morphine was isolated from opium in 1806, cocaine was first manufactured in 1860, and heroin was discovered in 1874.
I dropped in on a marijuana shop here that proudly boasted that it sells “31 flavors.” It also offered a loyalty program. For every 10 purchases of pot — supposedly for medical uses — you get one free packet. “There are five of these shops within a three-block radius,” explained the proprietor, Edward J. Kim. He brimmed with pride at his inventory and sounded like any small businessman as he complained about onerous government regulation.
Update 2/11/2013: Hi Reddit . I have real-time alerts on Google Analytics and got tipped off to the influx of traffic here. Please don’t melt our server! Anyhow, this is an old post that resurfaces from time to time from when we used to do rock music news.
Epix has acquired the rights to “Louis C.K.: Hilarious,” which premiered at Sundance in January as that film fest’s first stand-up concert film. “Hilarious” will premiere on Epix on Sept. 18 via its linear cable channel, video on demand service and website. Prior to that, the film will get a limited indie theatrical release. As part of the deal, Comedy Central will then get the basic cable run of “Louis C.K.: Hilarious” in 2011, when the stand-up movie will also get a DVD release via Comedy Central Home Entertainment. It’s been a busy year for Louis C.K., who stars in the FX comedy “Louie.”