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.
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.
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.