1884 - 1905 CE
The use of cocaine is praised and use spreads in the United States

The effects of cocaine are praised by Signmund Freud and other physicians. Freud calls it "a magical drug" and physicians advocate its use for a wide range of medical issues. Cocaine is also prescribed to treat addiction to morphine, opium and alcohol, and its use as an anesthetic is demonstrated by Carl Koller for eye surgery. However, the use of cocaine for pleasure rather than medicinal purposes grows quickly, especially as pharmaceutical companies make cocaine hydrochloride widely available.

Source: Austin, G. A. et al. (1979). Perspectives on the history of psychoactive substance use. NIDA.

Drugs: Coca (cocaine)
Regions: USA (United States of America)
Topics: Medicinal use of drugs