Indulgences of the West

A lack of regulation and easy access to potent tinctures made for fun times in the Wild West, but oftentimes led to addiction and health concerns for a large part of Colorado’s early population. Indulge in the strychnine-laced whiskey and opium-based laudanum of early Colorado.


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Additional Reading:

Alcohol and Opium in the Old West: Use, Abuse and Influence By Jeremy Agnew

Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900 By Jeremy Agnew

"Insight with John Ferrugia: The State of High" 



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