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Freud on Cocaine, Opium Ball Boost ‘High Society’ Drugs Exhibit

Until a century or so ago in Europe, you could buy cocaine and heroin over the counter, drink absinthe as an aperitif, and smoke cannabis cigarettes anywhere.

Getting high was deemed appropriate, beneficial, and even cool centuries before the hippies came along. The “High Society” exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection (through Feb. 27, 2011) tells the story.