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Cannabis Counterculture

The forbidden cannabis plant became a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and beyond.

The relaxed, tolerant and sometimes energetic mood obtained from cannabis went well with the desire for social change.

Nullis Pretii, pot-centric counterculture poster made in Canada, 1960s/70s

Nullis Pretii, pot-centric counterculture poster made in Canada, 1960s/70s

Cannabis Counterculture

A symbol of revolution

After Bob Dylan smoked a joint with the Beatles in 1964, there was no stopping it. Marijuana became the symbol of the revolutionary sixties, not just in America but in Western Europe too.

The relaxed, tolerant and sometimes energetic mood obtained from cannabis went well with the desire for social change. The ideal of a world full of peace, love and happiness had found its perfect drug. From the 1960s, cannabis became part of a global culture, celebrating its own heroes, myths, social conventions and rituals, language and expressions, games and social events.

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