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Q: Did Sigmund Freud Dabble in Drugs?

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A: As surprising as it may seem, Sigmund Freud – the father of psychoanalytic theory – was an unabashed cocaine advocate who regularly ingested the drug and gave it to his sisters, friends, and patients. In fact, he even went so far as to publish six articles describing its supposed benefits (one imagines young Sigmund would have been quite popular in the 1980s). And while Freud managed to avoid a cocaine addiction himself, he was clearly addicted to his nicotine. In fact, the psychoanalyst chain-smoked cigars, chewing through 20 a day.

In a somewhat predictable turn of events, Sigmund developed cancer of the palate and jaw at age 67, and subsequently underwent a mind-boggling series of 33 operations. Even more mind-boggling, however, was the fact that Freud continued to smoke the stogies until his death in 1939. As for the Freudian jokes, it’s reported that the great doctor once uttered the defense, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

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  • Hanna

    w ba3den geha ra7 3al bager, because the freudian snort can cause an irresistible effect on the psychosomatic diseases.

  • Matt

    w errr!

  • Will from mental_floss

    Thanks Tink! Be careful, floss is highly addictive.

  • I think I’m getting hooked…on this feature that is!!

  • Freudian snort?

  • Or for that matter, House! But since we’re talking about Freud, not Holmes or House, I’m thinking it’s kinda complete as it is. 🙂

  • One must mention The Seven-Percent Solution here for completeness:)