Southeast Asians appear co have been extensive users of mild narcotics throughout
their recorded history. For all but the past century of this history, the betel quid,
composed of areca nut, betel leaves, and lime, was the characteristic relaxant central
to the agreeable social interaction that Southeast Asians valued. For thousands of years
the peoples of Southern Asia and Melanesia were inveterate chewers of betel, giving
rise to the claim that it was the most widely used narcotic in...[Show more]
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