His friend was a morphine addict, and Freud thought cocaine could cure his addiction. Through cocaine we achieved something beautiful.” High off the coke and success, he prescribed it to another patient, and burned through his gram.
Fleischl-Marxow temporarily replaced his morphine addiction with a cocaine addiction, and displayed no symptoms of morphine withdrawal. After five weeks of swallowing pure cocaine, he wrote the first of four papers he would publish on the drug.
He ordered a gram of pure, unadulterated cocaine – far more potent than the cut substances sold on the street today – and swallowed just a twentieth of it.
After his first trial, Freud reported, “Long intensive mental or physical work is performed without any fatigue.
The book is awash in cocaine; out of the 39 personal dreams he discusses, only seventeen are fully-developed narratives; of these seventeen, eight involve cocaine.
Shortly after Freud nearly killed Emma Eckstein by stuffing her nose with coke and gauze, he dreamt about her.
One is simply normal, and soon finds it difficult to believe that one is under the influence of any drug at all.” Oblivious to cocaine’s addictive properties, Freud prescribed cocaine to his friend and teacher, Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow.He and Freud cauterized her nose with cocaine, which was legal at the time, and sometimes used as a local anesthetic and for cauterization.They shoveled gram after gram of pure cocaine up Emma’s nose; the chemicals burned through her tissue and sinuses, emitting both a surge of pus and the putrefying smell of burning flesh.The essay chronicles a short history of the coca plant and cocaine, explains its effects, and praises its possible uses in psychology and medicine.The tone of Freud’s writing reflects his infatuation with the drug; he calls his paper a “song of praise” for the “magical drug,” and refers to the high as a “gorgeous excitement.” As Freud studied cocaine, his friend, Carl Koller, also researched the drug.He wrote extensively on it, and he even attempted to use it as a springboard to medical fame.