gentlemen in London
recently made some experiments with hashish.
They took four closes in succession, and did not get rid of the effects of the powerful drug for nearly thirty-six hours. They beat one another without feeling the pain; suffered from convulsions; one believed his brain had turned into marble, and his right eye "for a long time retained the sensation of marble hardness." In his mind ideas succeeded each other with such rapidity that they made a short space of time seem very long.
These ideas, although more often scattered, had at times an intimate and long connection; thus every person who had ever assisted him he seemed to see for years and years, performing all those long and varied series of acts which might in reality have been performed during such a period, so that he felt convinced that all those years had really passed.
He also had a sort of hallucination, in which he seemed transported to a palace whimsically made of brass; this, he thought, was the vestibule of Mohammed's paradise, and that he was denied entrance to it. On going out he found himself launched into space, and compelled to describe very rapidly a vast orbit, in a gloomy, painfully breathing, oppressive circle.
This painful sensation lasted a long time, and was among the most disagreeable of the experiment.