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Benzedrine Research

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World War II, deemed the “scientists’ war,” is unquestionably considered a turning point in history as it marked the modifying of warfare as science remarkably progressed. Although caffeine was safe and its benefits were well-noted, some military leaders believed it was incompetent for the purposes of war, thus leading to the thorough exploration of the benefits of amphetamines. Beginning in the mid-1930s, an American pharmaceutical company, Smith, Kline and French Laboratories, began producing and selling amphetamine sulfate under the brand name Benzedrine. Benzedrine’s prosperous debut into the US market spurred German pharmaceutical companies to cultivate their own stimulants. Beginning in 1938, after Temmler’s introduction of methamphetamine, labeled as Pervitin, German researchers began to investigate its effects. The department head of research at Temmler, Freidrich Hauschild, took five milligrams of Pervitin and reported that the stimulation he sensed was…show more content…
On the home front, Pervitin was a large part of the everyday life. Civilians downed “the pills as if they were chocolate” for various reasons such as to reduce feelings of fatigue, increase self-confidence, stimulate sexual appetite, increase work efficiency, and to “party longer and with more joy.” For example, in 1939, two young, partying Germans paired 60 and 200 milligrams of Pervitin with alcohol. Even after taking Veronal as a downer, the 200 milligram consumer continued to suffer the ‘exciting’ effects of Pervitin for 55 hours. In addition, a 24-year old with a leading role in the girl’s Nazi youth organization reported using Pervitin to become motivated and to “relieve the headaches, diminished appetite and insomnia that her work stress had caused.” Another case reported that a successful 27-year old male employee of a chemical institute took 6-9 tablets daily to conquer his feelings of
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